Culpepper to start for Oakland

Daunte Culpepper will be the Raiders' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against San Diego, Oakland coach Lane Kiffin said Monday.

Culpepper, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for three more in the Raiders' 35-17 win over Miami on Sept. 30, took the majority of reps in practice as Oakland returned from its bye week alone in first place in the AFC West.

Josh McCown, who started the first three games this season for the Raiders, remains unavailable due to a broken big toe in his left foot. McCown did not practice Monday and wore a protective walking boot on his left foot. Kiffin has already ruled McCown out against the Chargers.

Andrew Walter, who continues to be the subject of trade rumors, will be Culpepper's back-up while rookie JaMarcus Russell will serve as the team's No. 3 quarterback.

"I prepare the same no matter what," Culpepper said of his status as Oakland's starter. "It's no different to me. No matter what my role is or what time it is, I'll be ready to play."

With Culpepper as quarterback, the Raiders scored 35 points in the win over Miami, the most by an Oakland team since 2005.


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