Sore elbow sidelines Russell

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell was held out of Tuesday night's practice as a precaution after he banged his right elbow off the helmet of running back Darren McFadden earlier in the day.

Russell came out for the night session to warm up and threw a few passes before complaining about stiffness in his throwing elbow.

"I just bumped it a little bit on a helmet. I went through as much as I could," Russell said. "I'll be OK though."

The Raiders didn't seem too concerned and were optimistic Russell will be fine. "We didn't foresee it being as an issue because when we checked him out after (the morning) practice he was fine," Oakland head coach Lane Kiffin said. "But he came out and warmed up, threw the ball and it just stiffened up a little bit on him. So we erred on the side of safety and pulled him out at that point.

"If we were playing a game he could have very easily played so I don't foresee it being an issue at all."

Russell, who remained at practice and watched as the Raiders went through a two-hour and 10-minute workout, wore a thick bag of ice on his right elbow at one point but later removed it.

Kiffin didn't seem too concerned about the extent of the injury and added that he expects Russell to return to practice on Wednesday.

With Russell out, Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo split reps with the first-team offense and it was Walter who took advantage and capped what was easily his best day of camp so far by connecting with wide receiver Drew Carter on several deep throws toward the sideline.

Tuiasosopo wasn't as effective throwing the ball but he did make a couple of nice reads and took off running up the middle, showing some of the speed and elusiveness that made him a star in college at the University of Washington.

Other news and notes from the evening practice:

· Three referees attended the workout to serve as officials during team scrimmages and called three penalties in a four-play stretch. Right tackle Cornell Green and tight end Darrell Strong were whistled for false starts while linebacker Robert Thomas got hit with an offsides call. Strong and Thomas both took off running a lap after their penalties but Green didn't go on his lap until more than five minutes later and only after Derrick Burgess goaded him into it from the sidelines.

· Tight end Mark Madsen was still feeling the effects of the hit he took from safety Jarrod Cooper earlier in the day and was held out of practice. John Bowie (knee) and Greg Wesley (back spasms) were also kept out of the workout.

· Rookie Chaz Schilens has been struggling but made a very nice leaping sideline catch over cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha during the team scrimmage. Schilens not only made the catch but did a good job getting both feet inbounds.

· Running back Louis Rankin has broke off several nice runs in camp so far and he was at it again during the late practice. He's still a longshot to make the roster considering the crowd in front of him -- McFadden, Justin Fargas, Michael Bush -- but the rookie from Washington is making sure to get the attention of the coaching staff. Rankin needs to work on his hands, though. Late in the evening practice he had a pass clank off his hands and fall incomplete.

· Drew Carter went up and over cornerback DeAngelo Hall to catch a sideline throw from Walter and make what would have been the play of the night but one of the Raiders' offensive linemen was called for a false started.

· The offense practiced working out of its own end zone while loud music blared from a pair of speakers. Green got his penalty on the first play after the music started.

· Michael Bush stood out in the morning practice for his work in goal line and short-yardage situations but needs work on his pass blocking. He has had problems with it early in camp and got thoroughly beaten by Jay Richardson during the night practice.

· If the Raiders need an emergency quarterback they can always look to punter Shane Lechler. An accomplished QB in high school, Lechler was asked to throw passes to defensive backs during positional drills and did well. Though he sailed one or two high, most of the throws were tight, crisp spirals that landed perfectly in the hands of the receivers.


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