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NFL: Oakland's QB mystery resurfaces

ALAMEDA -- Josh McCown feels better. So let the quarterback games begin.

McCown, who started the Raiders' first three games before a fracture left toe sidelined him in Week 3, wants to get back on the field.

Unlike the previous two games when McCown unable to play, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin wouldn't declare Daunte Culpepper the starter for Sunday's game at Tennessee.

"We don't know that yet," Kiffin said of Culpepper starting against the Titans. "We haven't practiced yet."

The Raiders' next practice is Wednesday. If McCown is healthy, Kiffin might do as he did before the season opener and delay announcing a starter.

McCown returned to practice last week, working with the scout team in addition to individual drills. He said Monday his foot felt as good as it had in weeks and he looked forward to not being a spectator.

"I'm just glad to be back out there contributing in practice, helping," McCown said. "I, obviously, want to start and expect to when I'm back. But that will be on (the coaches) to make the best decision they can make, and I'm behind that 100 percent."

Kiffin doesn't believe an injured starter is guaranteed his job when healthy. McCown worked out Monday morning to test his foot, but Kiffin wants to see how he looks in practice.

McCown said he would need a couple of days of practice before feeling comfortable running the offense in a game, but doesn't think his timing would be off.

"I threw a little bit last week so I feel like I'm getting pretty comfortable," McCown said. "So, I don't think that should be an issue. We'll see, though, because I've never had to come back off an injury ... so that's a new thing for me. But, hopefully, it won't take long."

QUICK HITTERS -- The Dolphins lost running back Ronnie Brown for the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Coach Cam Cameron said Brown will need surgery to repair a torn ACL, suffered in the third quarter of the Dolphins' 49-28 Sunday loss to the Patriots. ... At the league's fall meetings in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Bills will unveil a plan to host an annual regular-season and preseason game in Toronto starting next year. Brian McCarthy, NFL vice president of corporate communications, said Monday the Bills' bid to play annually in Toronto is viewed as both "logical" and "necessary" steps to secure the small-market franchise's long-term viability. ... Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has a broken finger on his throwing hand, an injury suffered in Sunday's defeat at Dallas. Coach Brad Childress said Jackson remains the starter if he's deemed able to play this week against the Eagles. "I can play with it. The doctor said I can play with it. It's just about me, if I can throw the football with it," Jackson said. ... Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will be listed as day to day this week after X-rays of his injured right hip were negative. ... Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday in Englewood, Colo. Marshall was issued a summons and was released.

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