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Ex-Raider Russell pleads not guilty

Updated: July 20, 2010, 7:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MOBILE, Ala. -- Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegal drug possession Tuesday in Alabama.

Russell, 24, is a former LSU star who was released by Oakland earlier this year after being the No. 1 draft choice in 2007. He entered the plea in court in Mobile. He is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, codeine syrup.

Authorities have said he did not have a prescription for the drug and that he was arrested ...

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