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December 19, 2007
You might see Russell sooner than you think

ALAMEDA – Might it be time for JaMarcus Russell to start a game?

Lane Kiffin intimated that might be the case on Sunday. But he chose his words carefully. He said Russell might start. He added Josh McCown might start.

Daunte Culpepper definitely won’t. Kiffin doesn’t expect him back this season as he’s been out with a quadriceps injury.

Kiffin didn’t like the flow of the game when he inserted Russell to start the second half against the Colts. So Kiffin said he might start a quarterback and let the other finish the game.

“There’s something to be said for not going back and forth,” Kiffin said. “I think you saw last week the momentum swing of going with one, and then going back.”

Nnamdi Asomugha is the second alternate at cornerback for the Pro Bowl. Jacksonville’s Rashean Mathis is the first alternate.

Asomugha might be the NFL’s best man corner, but with only one interception and playing on a 4-10 team, he didn’t expect to be selected.

He said last year’s snub when he had eight interceptions and wasn’t picked, was more bothersome.

Asomugha was called to play in the game last year, but the call came so late, he didn’t have time to catch a flight to Hawaii.

He said he’d be ready to join Shane Lechler at the game this time if the call comes.

“I’m prepared right now,” he said. “I was telling Shane, we’re not going to have the same mistake as last year.”

Chris Carr hurt his left shoulder early in the Colts game. He’s expected to practice tomorrow. Kiffin didn't announce a starter at running back yet.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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