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Brunell unhappy rookie is starting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich
will start Sunday against San Diego , leaving a healthy Mark Brunell
on the bench.

For the second straight day, Leftwich took the majority of the
snaps with the first team during Thursday's practice, while Brunell
took none.

The left-handed Brunell is listed as questionable for Sunday
with a cut on his left elbow. He said the elbow is fine, however,
and he looked good throwing in individual drills early in practice.

Coach Jack Del Rio made the announcement shortly after practice.

"The injury plays into it a little bit," Del Rio said. "And I
feel like this is our best option to help us win."

Leftwich will make his second career start. Last week, he threw
for 231 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and a crucial
lost fumble in a 24-20 loss to Houston, which left the Jaguars 0-4.

"Whether I start or not is out of my control," Leftwich said.
"I'm just going to prepare myself to play, the same as I always
do."

Clearly upset with the decision, Brunell, a starter in
Jacksonville since the 1995 expansion season, gave no theories for
why it was made.

"You'll have to ask Jack," Brunell said.