Mirer should start against Jets

Updated: November 3, 2003, 8:28 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is doubtful for next Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Tuiasosopo underwent an MRI exam on his injured left knee Monday. Results from the test weren't immediately available, but coach Bill Callahan said third-stringer Rick Mirer likely would start against New York.

Tuiasosopo, a third-year pro, made his first NFL start in place of injured 2002 MVP Rich Gannon in Sunday's 23-13 loss at Detroit, but didn't last long. On Oakland's third offensive series, he bobbled a snap, then ran up the middle and fumbled on a hard hit by Boss Bailey. Tuiasosopo stayed in the game for two more possessions before being sidelined. He said after the game he has a sprained ligament in the knee.

"It does not look good this week," Callahan said of Tuiasosopo. "Marques and Rich Gannon are doubtful. It looks like Rick Mirer will be the starting quarterback."

Tuiasosopo could be placed on injured reserve. Callahan said the Raiders are considering elevating quarterback Tee Martin from the practice squad, and the team also is planning to bring in quarterbacks for workouts.

Ronald Curry would be the No. 3 quarterback this week behind Martin if Tuiasosopo can't play.

"We're in big trouble, man," left guard Frank Middleton said. "Our No. 1 quarterback is out. Tui's hurt. Rick Mirer is the last one standing. What happens when he goes down? The way we're going, we need five quarterbacks."

The 33-year-old Mirer made his first appearance since playing one game for San Francisco three years ago. He went 15-for-28 for 125 yards with two interceptions.

Callahan will stay with a basic offense for Mirer this week.

"We won't get crazy or anything," Callahan said. "We will keep it, by and large, simple for him."


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