Ex-Raiders QB Russell arrested on Ala. drug charge..

Alabama authorities say former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been charged with possession of codeine syrup — a controlled substance — without a prescription.

Mobile County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Myles says the 24-year-old former LSU star was arrested Monday afternoon at his home during an undercover investigation. He graduated from high school in Mobile.

Online records show he was booked into the Mobile jail and released on $2,500 bond.

The Raiders released Russell in May, just three years after being the No. 1 overall draft pick.

He won only seven of his 25 starts and was eventually benched. He’s been criticized for lack of a work ethic.

Russell and his agent did not immediately return calls for comment.

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New NFL Online Game To Be Released

A company called quick hits has signed a multi-year deal with the NFL for the use of the NFL’s teams, logos, schedules, Super Bowl, and stadiums.

According to Jay Robinson of ESPN, the company started two years ago in a coffee shop, and now has several employees that were key parts in the NFL 2k series.

“So when you ask, coming when? It’s really an evolution where we build new features in. With the launch of the season, we’ll be out there talking about how we’re going to integrate the NFL in the first wave, and there are going to be a lot of waves after that. It’s exciting to get to that next step of integration, but there’s a lot of work to be done.”

“Our goal has always been about quality and making sure when we deliver things we feel good about it. We’re not going to commit to a date just to feel good about hitting a number. We’d rather commit to a quality bar. We’re going to pick a set of features that we think will be critical to our fans and we’re going to execute them in high-quality fashion. Whether that’s 9-1, 9-30, 10-1, 10-30, it’s going to be the right date.”
Bill Cowher, Randy Moss, Barry Sanders, Randall Cunningham, and Brian Billick are the spokespeople for the game.

From NFL To The UFL Is Daunte Culpepper

Quarterback Duante Culpepper is reuniting with coach Dennis Green in the United Football League.

Culpepper signed with the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions on Monday where he will play for Green, who drafted the quarterback with the 11th overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported last month that Culpepper and the UFL team were close to a deal.

Culpepper will officially be introduced by the Mountain Lions at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

“My goal for this year was to get on the field and play football,” Culpepper said in a statement released by the league. “When the opportunity came for me to sign with the UFL and play for coach Green in Sacramento I could not resist. I am impressed with his approach to the game and to his players.”

In Culpepper’s first full NFL season with Green in 2000, the quarterback threw for a league-leading 33 touchdowns and rushed for seven more.

“Bringing a player of Daunte’s caliber to the Mountain Lions is a major step forward not only for the team but also for the UFL,” Green said in the statement. “He is a player who will excite the fans here and will be an integral part of the team we are building that we hope can bring a championship to Sacramento. On a personal note, I am delighted to be reunited with Daunte.”

Madden 11 Team Ratings

AFC EAST

New York Jets 89
New England 86
Miami 78
Buffalo 67

AFC NORTH

Baltimore 90
Cincinnati 86
Pittsburgh 84
Cleveland 70

AFC SOUTH

Indianapolis 91
Houston 78
Tennessee 77
Jacksonville 74

AFC WEST

San Diego 85
Denver 78
Kansas City 71
Oakland 71

NFC EAST

Dallas 87
New York Giants 81
Philadelphia 80
Washington 76

NFC NORTH

Minnesota 88
Green Bay 87
Chicago 77
Detroit 68

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans 92
Atlanta 83
Carolina 75
Tampa Bay 69

NFC WEST

Arizona 79
San Francisco 79
Seattle 75
St. Louis 66

Lawrence Taylor *I Pleasured Myself* Not The Youngster

We’re told Lawrence will not deny he was in the same room as the 16 year old prostitute, but his lawyer will argue Lawrence did not have sexual intercourse — an element of third degree rape.

As one source put it, Lawrence engaged in a “masturbatory act” and that was it.

According to New York law, “A person is guilty of rape in the third degree when … he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than seventeen years old.”

Interestingly … in the criminal complaint against the alleged pimp, authorities allege Taylor engaged in “sex acts” but there is not mention of sexual intercourse — a requirement for 3rd degree rape.

As first reported, a condom was found in Taylor’s hotel room, but sources say Taylor’s lawyers will argue the condom wasn’t his and he didn’t use it.

Taylor’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, has said flatly, his client did not have sex with the girl.