NFL writer Jerry McDonald had this to report on JaMarcus Russell’s absents from the Oakland Raiders’ Tuesday evening practice.
Russell was seen shaking his right arm during the morning session, and when Kiffin said, “He’s fine,” without elaborating.
Following practice Tuesday evening, during which Russell spent part of the time with an ice bag wrapped around his right elbow, Kiffin came directly over to reporters.
“He did nick his elbow a little bit today on the back of (Darren) McFadden’s helmet and we didn’t foresee it as an issue because when we checked him out after practice he was fine,” Kiffin said. “He came out, warmed up, threw the ball, and it just stiffened up a little bit on it so we erred on the side of safety and pulled him out at that point. If it were a game he could have very easily played. I don’t see it as an issue at all.”
Kiffin said he expected Russell to practice Wednesday in the lone session at 3 p.m.