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July 29, 2008
Russell's elbow keeps him from practicing

NAPA - Quarterback JaMarcus Russell was held out of the team portion of tonight's practice after hitting his elbow on the back of Darren McFadden's helmet this morning.

Well "nicked" was the word the coach used.

"We checked him out after practice and he was fine," said coach Lane Kiffin. "He came out and warmed up, threw the ball and it just stiffened up on him so we erred on the side of safety. ... If we were playing a game today he could have very easily played. I don't foresee this being an issue at all."

Russell spent part of tonight's practice with his right arm wrapped in ice.

Russell, the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, was shaking his arm this morning and had his arm wrapped in ice after practice.

Andrew Walter took the first-team snaps in place of Russell.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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