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Raiders bench Russell, likely for rest of '09

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 5:11pm

The Oakland Raiders are benching former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, handing the starting job to Bruce Gradkowski.

Coach Tom Cable said after practice Wednesday that Gradkowski will get the nod Sunday against Cincinnati. Cable says the plan is for Gradkowski to start the rest of the season. Cable has pulled Russell for ineffectiveness in two of the past three games.

This will be just the second start for Gradkowski since 2006.