Former Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell has given an interview to Sports Illustrated (via the Oakland Tribune). Russell has given a few interviews since being cut by Oakland in May, 2010, but not many. Russell seems defiant and he is far from taking all the blame for the Raiders’ struggles while he was there. He saved his harshest words for former Oakland coach Tom Cable.
What does it all mean? Not much. Russell just doesn't matter much anymore in the NFL scope.
Russell -- who disclosed he has a sleeping disorder -- is a former Raider and I expect he’ll remain a former NFL player. No team has been interested in even working out Russell in nearly a year. The NFL has moved on from perhaps the biggest draft bust of all time. The Raiders used the No. 1 overall pick on Russell in 2007.
In other AFC West news Tuesday:
The Oakland Tribune reports the Raiders cut kicker Dave Rayner. He was signed to kick against Kansas City. That means the Raiders are expecting Sebastian Janikowski to be able to kick Nov. 6 when Oakland hosts Denver. He has a hamstring injury. If Janikowski doesn’t improve, the Raiders could also re-sign Rayner before the game.
At the end of a chippy week between the two teams, former Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie got the last word, saying the Chargers can’t finish. That certainly was the case Sunday when Cromartie’s Jets’ outscored the Chargers 17-0 in the second half to win, 27-21.
Another look at the Broncos’ comeback in Miami. Meanwhile, members of the Dolphins’ defense admitted theu were in the wrong scheme when Denver quarterback Tim Tebow tied the game in the final seconds of regulation on a two-point conversion with a run.
Denver defensive end Elvis Dumervil is dealing with an ankle injury and is uncertain to play Sunday against Detroit. Dumervil has been hampered by injuries since the summer of 2010.
An ESPN Insider playoff predictor doesn’t expect much from the AFC West the rest of the season. For the record, I think this prediction is off the mark. I think the division winner will have a winning record for certain.