Bruce Gradkowski was named the starter for the comng game between the Raiders and the Bengals. Russell's play has been subpar thus far this season, which makes it stand to reason that Russell was going to be getting the hook.Bruce Gradkowski started eleven games under Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay back during his rookie campaign of 2006, as well as one game last season as member of the Cleveland Browns. He has also made two relief appearences so far this season.
JaMarcus Russell has been under fire for the bulk of the season, as he has been unable to get the offense on track. He has also been ranked at or near the bottom of the NFL in all major quarterbacking category. Only Derek Anderson who has been benched twice in Cleveland has numbers comparable to Russell.