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October 14, 2011
Curry will start at WLB vs. Cleveland

ALAMEDA - After one practice, Aaron Curry will start at weakside linebacker this Sunday when the Raiders host the Cleveland Browns.

Coach Hue Jackson made the announcement after Friday's practice. Curry

"I didn't bring him here to look at him to figure it out or anything like that," Jackson. "He's the starting Will (linebacker) on this football team. Period."

Curry lost his starting job to rookie K.J. Wright in Seattle before being traded to the Raiders this week. Now he's on a new team and starting after picking up his playbook yesterday.

Curry replaces Quentin Groves, who will be Curry's backup and play special teams, likely filling the roles of Bruce Davis, who was cut to make room for Curry.

Curry, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft said he was relieved to have a fresh start after things didn't work out in Seattle.

Curry said starting Sunday would be no problem.

"When you look at it from the outside in it looks weird but I've been practicing all week whether I was wearing blue or whether I was wearing black," Curry said.

Curry's last day with the Seahawks was Tuesday and he was in Alameda on Thursday.

*The following Raiders have been ruled out for the Cleveland game:

TE Richard Gordon (hand), CB Chris Johnson (hamstring), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).

LB Rolando McClain (ankle) and S Michael Huff (ankle) are both questionable but Jackson said both would be "fine" to play.

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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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