Minus Russell, Raiders have three veterans in battle to start

Updated: August 9, 2007, 10:32 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Josh McCown's status as the No. 1 quarterback for the Oakland Raiders is clearly nominal and, for now, perhaps temporary.

But with top draft pick JaMarcus Russell still battling over the terms of his first NFL contract and out of training camp, the itinerant five-year veteran McCown has an opportunity to make the most of his spot atop the Oakland Raiders' depth chart, starting with a preseason game Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals.

"It's something I plant to ...

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