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Ex-Raiders QB Russell faced drug charge

Mobile, Ala. -- Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was arrested Monday on a drug possession charge, authorities said.

A spokeswoman for the Mobile County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office said Russell was arrested at his home Monday afternoon where investigators allegedly found codeine syrup without a prescription, the Mobile Press-Register reported.

The investigators were there as part of an undercover probe, authorities said.

Records indicate Russell was booked into the Mobile Metro Jail and released minutes later after making $2,500 bail, the newspaper said. He is set to appear in court on July 20, with a bond hearing scheduled for July 7.

Ex-Raiders QB Russell faces drug charge

Mobile, Ala. -- Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was arrested Monday on a drug possession charge, authorities said.

A spokeswoman for the Mobile County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office said Russell was arrested at his home Monday afternoon where investigators allegedly found codeine syrup without a prescription, the Mobile Press-Register reported.

The investigators were there as part of an undercover probe, authorities said.

Records indicate Russell was booked into the Mobile Metro Jail and released minutes later after making $2,500 bail, the newspaper said. He is set to appear in court on July 20, with a bond hearing scheduled for July 7.

Raiders cut QB JaMarcus Russell

Oakland, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders released quarterback JaMarcus Russell Thursday, giving up on the first overall selection in the 2007 NFL draft.

The move came as no surprise in Oakland, where Russell has struggled since his rookie year and the Raiders last month acquired Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported the Raiders will have to pay Russell a guaranteed $3 million this season.

Russell, a star at LSU, held out until after the 2007 season started and saw little action his first year. He started 15 games in 2008 and lost his starting job last season.

In 31 games, Russell threw for 4,083 yards with 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He completed 52.1 percent of his passes.

NFL: San Diego 24, Oakland 16

San Diego -- LaDainian Tomlinson's two touchdowns Sunday keyed the San Diego Chargers' 24-16 win over Oakland.

Tomlinson gained 56 yards on 18 carries and scored touchdowns in the first and second quarters.

Phillip Rivers completed 16-of-25 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Linebacker Shawne Merriman made two of five sacks for San Diego, giving him 8 1/2 in his last five games against the Raiders. Vincent Jackson caught eight passes for 103 yards with one touchdown for the Chargers (4-3), who have split their last four contests.

The Chargers out-gained the Raiders 346-180 in total yards.
Oakland's JaMarcus Russell had 109 passing yards with one interception.

NFL: Denver 23, Oakland 3

Oakland, Calif., Sept. 27: Kyle Orton's touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall late in the first quarter Sunday sent the Denver Broncos on their way to a 23-3 victory over Oakland.

Orton, who was 13-for-23 for 157 yards, connected with Marshall on a 2-yard scoring play.

Knowshon Moreno scored on a 7-yard run and Matt Prater kicked field goals of 48, 21 and 24 yards for the Broncos (3-0).

Sebastian Janikowski accounted for the Raiders' points with a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell completed 12-of-21 passes for 61 yards with two interceptions for Oakland (1-2).

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Tollner say QB Russell has regressed

Oakland, Calif. -- Starting Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell had "regressed," Raiders passing game coordinator Ted Tollner said.

Tollner, speaking to reporters on the AOL FanHouse Web site Thursday, said the team's 2008 first-round draft pick from LSU made progress during the off-season, but now needs to make improvements in delivering the football.

"You can't wait till people are open," Tollner said. "We made strides and last week we fell back in all those areas. That's disappointing to all of us and we've got to get back on track. … We've got to give (him) a foot rhythm that allows (him) to turn the ball loose on time and (he needs) to buy into that."

NFL: Oakland 31, Dallas 10

Oakland, Calif. Aug. 14: Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski threw for 181 yards and a touchdown Thursday, sending the Oakland Raiders to a 31-10 pre-season decision over Dallas.

Gradkowski started 11 games with Tampa Bay in 2006 and one with Cleveland last season and hopes to challenge former No. 1 draft choice JaMarcus Russell for the top spot with the Raiders.

With Dallas owning a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter, Gradkowski drove Oakland 62 yards in five plays and the Raiders took the lead for good on a 3-yard pass to Tony Stewart.

Gradkowski also put together drives of 80 and 69 yards in the third period -- marches that ended with touchdown runs of 3 yards by Louis Rankin and 1 yard by Gary Russell.