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The Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell bumps helmets with Gary Russell after the latter gained an important first down against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter of their NFL contest played at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 13-9. (Dan Honda/Staff)

Two weeks ago, Gary Russell was an out-of-work running back, hanging out with his children. An injury suffered by running back Darren McFadden prompted a call from the Raiders for a second go-round.

On Sunday, Russell played fullback for the first time in his three-year NFL career and delivered a handful of plays that many credited with playing a key role in the Raiders' 13-9 upset of the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Man, oh, man, he gave us a lot of explosiveness in there and knocked some guys around in there pretty good," Raiders coach Tom Cable said. "He was able to seal a couple of run lanes and caught the ball well."

Russell caught all five passes thrown his way, including three in the fourth quarter. One netted 18 yards and set up a Raiders field goal. His final reception turned a third-and-10 situation into a Raiders first down and enabled them to run out the clock.

"Those are game-changing plays," Raiders running back Michael Bush said of Russell's heroics. "On that last drive, where we needed a first down to end the game, he came through. That was impressive."

The Raiders released Russell in the roster cutdown to 53 on Sept. 5. He converted to fullback last week on the heels of a season-ending ankle injury to Oren O'Neal and an ankle injury to backup Luke Lawton.

  • The Raiders played before a half-empty stadium, leading to the game being blacked out in the Bay Area. Outside linebacker Thomas Howard is imploring fans to fill up the Coliseum for this Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

    "We're expecting a sellout this week, Raider Nation," Howard said. "You guys know that we're expecting a sellout. "... Show up early. We don't want (any) blackouts. We want it sold out by Thursday. So, I'm calling the fans out a little bit."

  • Left guard Robert Gallery is in the fifth week of a six-week recovery from the broken right leg he suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 20. He said he doesn't expect to play against the Jets, though Cable said Gallery is questionable.

    "I felt a lot better (Monday) than I did last week," Gallery said of his latest workout. "So it's definitely progress, and I wouldn't say (Nov. 1 at San Diego) is out. If I make the progress I did this week, who knows about next week?"

  • Outside linebacker Ricky Brown said his right ankle is healing well and that he's hopeful of returning to action as soon as Nov. 1. A more likely return would be Nov. 15, the game after Oakland's bye week. He suffered his injury against the New York Giants on Oct. 11.

  • Right offensive tackle Cornell Green said his calf strain is getting better each day and that there's a chance of his returning to the lineup against the Jets.

  • Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is "OK at this point," Cable said in regard to the scratched right cornea Asomugha suffered against the Eagles. He isn't expected to miss any playing time and will wear a protective shield on his helmet for now.