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Mirer should start against Jets

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."