Josh McCown is out of his walking boot but still has a noticeable limp and doesn't appear close to being able to play any time soon. Though the Raiders have a bye this week, it seems almost guaranteed that Daunte Culpepper will remain Oakland's starting quarterback for the time being.
, who did not play in the 35-17 win over Miami last week, has been hobbled since suffering a broken big toe in his left foot against Cleveland on Sept. 23. McCown, who has also been slowed by a broken finger and a sprained right foot, wore the protective boot to practice on Wednesday but was in tennis shoes on Thursday.
As he made his way out to the practice field, however, McCown walked with a considerable limp. Trainer Rod Martin passed McCown on the field and mockingly walked with a similar limp.
Culpepper took the majority of reps with the Raiders' starting offense while McCown watched. Though coach Lane Kiffin said earlier this week that he wouldn't name Culpepper the permanent starter, barring an unexpected speedy recovery by McCown in the next week, it's virtually certain that Culpepper will get the call for Oakland's Oct. 14 game at San Diego.