JaMarcus Russell avoids indictment

Ex-Raiders quarterback escapes indictment on felony charge in Mobile, Ala., freeing him to resume his plans to return to the NFL.

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell still hopes to make a return to the NFL, so we can assume Friday's news was welcome. A grand jury in Mobile, Ala., declined to indict Russell on a drug charge involving codeine syrup.

Russell was arrested July 5 and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, a liquid concoction called "purple drank" that contains codeine syrup and a liquid drink such as Sprite, Gatorade or juice. He was arrested at his home but claimed the substance did not belong to him.

Russell pleaded not guilty. His attorney said the drink belonged to another person in his home.

With that business done, Russell now can return his focus to resurrecting his NFL career, which bombed in fewer than three seasons after the Raiders made him the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in 2007. He collected $39 million from the team in his short stay.

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