Elbow sidelines Russell a second day

For the second straight day the Raiders held quarterback JaMarcus Russell out of team drills due to a sore elbow on his throwing arm.

"He's saying as he throws it causes a little bit of pain … but he doesn't see it as an issue," head coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday. "Our trainers watched him (and) they just felt that he was struggling a little bit with it. He wanted to keep going but we pulled him out. We'll look at it again in the morning."

Russell injured his elbow after hitting it on the helmet of running back Darren McFadden during a passing play in Tuesday's morning practice. He warmed up to practice in the evening but complained of stiffness in his elbow and sat out.

An x-ray performed on Russell's elbow showed no significant damage but the team is continuing to take a cautious approach with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007.

"It's not something that is about looking at him in the training room," Kiffin said. "It's about getting him out here. So it'll be the same thing as it was today. We'll bring him out here (Thursday), warm him out. He'll go through routes and see how far he can keep going."

Russell didn't seem too concerned about his elbow.

"It's just a little soreness from the other day," Russell said. "I kind of did what I can right now. It was just a mistake, an incident, something that you've got to look for in football. Things happen."

With Russell out, the quarterback chores with the first team offense were split between Marques Tuiasosopo and Andrew Walter.

While Kiffin said he welcomed the opportunity for his two backups to get the extra work, he also knows the Raiders need to get Russell back on the field as quickly as possible. He missed all of training camp in 2007 and played in only three games, starting the season-finale against San Diego.

"We do have a competition for our second spot at quarterback so that's the positive way of looking at it, those guys are getting reps," Kiffin said. "But that's not what we want or need right now. We need to get our number one guy in there, especially with so many new pieces around him. Every day's valuable for him."

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