NFL News of November 4, 2003

Oakland Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Jets with a torn knee ligament.

Tuiasosopo had an M.R.I. exam on his injured left knee Monday. Results were not immediately available, but Coach Bill Callahan said Tuiasosopo has a partly torn medial collateral ligament.

”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, a third-year pro, made his first N.F.L. start in place of the injured Gannon in Sunday’s 23-13 loss at Detroit. On Oakland’s third possession, 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.

—The New York Times “Raiders Will Likely Start Mirer vs. Jets”

Mirer started 8 games for the 2003 Raiders, his first starts since 1999, when had 8 starts for the Jets. He went 2-6 with 3 TDs and 5 interceptions. These were the final game appearances of his career.

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