|McCown to start for Raiders against Broncos if Culpepper's quad doesn't heal|
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|Friday, 30 November 2007 13:07|
Josh McCown took the majority of snaps with the first team Friday despite having two dislocated joints in his non-throwing, left pinky and would start against the Broncos if Culpepper can't.
Coach Lane Kiffin might not decide on a starter until Sunday morning, but did rule out the chance that No. 1 overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell would get the nod.
Russell has been getting extra work this week with Culpepper sidelined, but Kiffin said much of that was scheduled before the injury.
``There are some things we wanted to clean up with him and we've kept him out before to work on things,'' Kiffin said.
McCown began the season as the starter before spraining his foot in the third game against Cleveland. Culpepper started the next four games before McCown got the job back.
McCown struggled in losses to Houston and Chicago, completing 27 of 54 passes for 268 yards, four interceptions and one touchdown. McCown has been the target of Raiders fans all season, who would prefer Culpepper or Russell.
``I'm pumped to get out there, get out there and compete,'' McCown said. ``I'm looking forward to it. It'll be a good opportunity to go out there and play. It's always a great feeling.''
Culpepper started the previous two weeks, including last Sunday's 20-17 win at Kansas City. In two games, he completed 38 of 61 passes for 514 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Kiffin also hadn't determined whether Russell could move up to the No. 2 quarterback spot this week. He has been the third quarterback in recent weeks, making it difficult to bring him in before the fourth quarter.
If Russell is the No. 2, he could make his debut this week as a reserve. Kiffin has said he would prefer to use the rookie that way at first to control the situations he encounters.
McCown said he expects that to happen some time soon.
``I think that obviously they've got to get him some reps,'' McCown said. ``I think it's a good way to let him get his feet wet and ease his way into it in a good environment and let him get ready to roll. At some point, he's going to have to take over.''