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November 16, 2008
Russell's bigger loss

MIAMI - JaMarcus Russell's solid outing in his return from a knee injury meant little as he exited the visiting locker room in a hurry.

Russell had received word his godmother, Teresa Roberts, had passed away after the game.

Roberts was like a second grandmother to Russell.

So that's why you won't see any quotes from Russell in stories about today's game.

*Johnnie Lee Higgins' 93-yard touchdown on a punt return gave him two on the season. He's the only Raider with two scores this season.

*Amid all the losses, Tommy Kelly is playing his best football of the season. He was credited with 1.5 sacks Sunday. That gives him 3.5 on the season and 2.5 sacks in the last two games.

*Gerard Warren didn't get the safety on Chad Pennington, but he deserves credit for forcing the Dolphin quarterback into Jay Richardson.

Richardson credited "Money" Warren for forcing Pennington to move in the pocket.

*Kwame Harris was clearly stunned that he was benched after two false starts when the Raiders had first and goal from the five before halftime.

Harris is usually detailed and thoughtful in his responses to questions. But he was short and at a loss for words after the game.

When told Cable said he was benched for false starts, not for poor blocking, Harris simply said, "OK."

Harris isn't the only struggling offensive lineman. Right now, Robert Gallery and Jake Grove are the only linemen that haven't given Cable reason to complain publicly lately.

*The Raiders lack of discipline continues to be a problem on defense.

Players getting out of the gap responsibilities continue to lead to big runs by the opposition.

That's a problem when teams go to formations like the Wildcat.

"A couple times, you overrun it and that's the thing about it," Cable said. "You've got to see the ball, get seated, is it handed off? It's hard to see in there with all them bodies. So at times, OK, at times we had a couple times where we overran it."

--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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