Raiders bringing Russell up to speed

The Raiders are speeding up the learning process for rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell but still have no intention of playing him any time soon.

Russell, the No. 1 pick in the draft who missed all of training camp and the preseason during a lengthy contract dispute, has been doing mostly scout team work in daily practices but Oakland brought him in for an additional workout on Tuesday -- normally the players' day off -- in hopes of getting him back up to speed.

"He was out here about 40 minutes and just pushed through some things," head coach Lane Kiffin said. "(We) started with taking him back with some fundamentals but then at the same time pushed him through as high an intensity as we could.

"We had some younger receivers and practice squad guys out here for him. He's got a great attitude about it and we've got a lot of work to do."

Meanwhile, Kiffin hinted to the Cleveland media that he isn't ruling out using both Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper during Sunday's game.

McCown is slated to start but is still nursing finger and foot injuries, while Culpepper is continuing to learn the Raiders' playbook.


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