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Midweek Updates: Russell Benched, McBath Out

December 16, 2009

Hey guys, sorry I haven’t been around for the last 3 days. Busy week for me. That’s why I thought that I would just squeeze all of the news from these last three days into one article for your, and my convenience.

Today, it was announced that Raiders first overall draft choice from 2007, Jamarcus Russell would be benched… again. As we all know, he was benched for Bruce Gradkowski earlier, after he threw only 2 touchdowns in 9 games and A LOT of interceptions. But after it was announced that Gradkowski would not play the Broncos this week, it was assumed that Russell would step back in, even after throwing a game losing interception.

Well he won’t.

Instead, 3rd string Quarterback Charlie Frye will get the call. Yes, football fans. Charlie Frye, the guy who lost his job to both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson 3 years ago, then went to the Seahawks, where he got cut… again.

That said, it looks like he will get a second chance against the Broncos, and I just can’t wait to see this matchup bloodbath.

Yesterday, it was announced that Brandon Marshall was rewarded the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.

Marshall’s selection as AFC Offensive Player of the Week is the second such award of his four-year NFL career. He also received the honor for his effort in Week 2 of the 2008 season against San Diego. Both of those games he had more than 15 catches.

In this one specifically he broke the record for the most receptions in a game, in NFL history, catching 21 passes for more than 200 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Darcel McBath has been on the rise, and in Sundays game against the Indianapolis Colts, he had one of his best games of the season with an interception and multiple tackles, one of which was a HUGE hit.

Sadly though, his season will now be coming to an end.

Darcel McBath has been sent to the Injury Reserve after a forearm injury that he suffered towards the end of last weeks game against Indianapolis. The forearm is reportedly broken.

McBaths’ temporary replacement will be Safety Vernon Fox, who the Broncos cut earlier in the year. Fox was one of the final cuts, and definitely one of the most painful.

He played for Mike Shanahans’ Broncos last year and may be remembered for scoring a defensive touchdown off of a botched gadget play by the New York Jets.

I was very much opposed to the drafting of McBath but have been pleasantly surprised so far. It is definitely upsetting that he will be out for the rest of the season.

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