Favre a constant; Raiders QB still a mystery

While Brett Favre takes aim at making his 250th consecutive start Sunday against Oakland, the Raiders still aren't certain who their quarterback will be against the Packers.

Daunte Culpepper did not practice Wednesday, leaving Josh McCown to handle the work with Oakland's first team offense. Rookie JaMarcus Russell and Andrew Walter split time running the scout team in practice, though Kiffin said he might be hesitant to keep Russell -- who was No. 2 on the depth chart last week against Denver -- as his main back-up in Green Bay because of the elements and other variables.

Kiffin also declined to name a starter for Sunday's game.

"I don't know that," Kiffin said. "We'll see what Daunte looks like tomorrow when he comes out and go from there. (JaMarcus) and Andrew both got some service reps today and we're going to continue to evaluate that."

Being uncertain of who their quarterback will be is nothing new for Kiffin and the Raiders this season. McCown and Culpepper have both started for Oakland this season while Russell made his NFL debut last week during a two-series stint against the Broncos.

Since Favre's streak began on Sept. 27, 1992, the Raiders have used 16 different quarterbacks while the Packers haven't had to make a change.

"It's the coolest thing in sports to me, the streak that he has going," said McCown, who was knocked out of Oakland's lineup earlier in the year with a variety of foot and hand injuries. "I especially have a new respect for it this year. I thought (Favre's streak) was cool before but now I kind of feel it, understand what he's done. It's pretty remarkable."

Culpepper said he is taking it day by day with his quadriceps injury and doesn't want to risk making the situation worse by trying to play through the pain.

He also shot down rumors that he injured himself while racing teammates after practice one day last week.

"I run every day after practice," Culpepper said. "I probably shouldn't have been running that day. I felt the pain but I'm the type of guy who wants to run through it. I probably shouldn't have been running that day."

-- Center Jeremy Newberry, tackle Barry Sims, wide receiver Jerry Porter and defensive tackle Warren Sapp were all given the day off by Kiffin.


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