Raiders to start QB McCown over Culpepper

Nov 2, 2007 - 3:46 PM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) - Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin told the Oakland Tribune on Thursday that Josh McCown will replace Daunte Culpepper at quarterback for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

McCown started the first three games of the season before breaking his right big toe against the Cleveland Browns on September 23.

Culpepper played the second half against the Browns and helped the Raiders claim a 26-24 win. In his first start of the season the following week, he threw two touchdowns and ran for three scores in a 35-17 win over the Miami Dolphins.

The Raiders have gone winless in their last three games, however, and have scored just 33 points during that span with Culpepper at the helm. The three-time Pro Bowler has two touchdowns and has thrown four interceptions during the skid.

"Coach said he doesn't feel anybody should lose their job to injury," Culpepper told the Tribune on Thursday. "That's his decision. Like I said from the first day I got here when I'm called, I'll be ready."

Kiffin said Culpepper will be the backup quarterback against the Texans (3-5) and first overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell would be third on the depth chart.

"I felt Daunte played really well for us, but with Josh coming back and looking healthy again, we're going to go back to Josh," Kiffin said.

McCown, who has four touchdowns and five interceptions, is 1-2 as a starter with the Raiders (2-5) this season.

In his sixth NFL season, McCown has not exactly been a fan-favorite at McAfee Coliseum, where Raiders fans booed him frequently during his two starts there in September.






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