COPY-Ex-Raider Russell pleads not guilty in Ala case

Associated Press - July 20, 2010 12:44 PM ET

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has entered a not guilty plea to a charge of illegal drug possession in Alabama.

Russell, a former LSU star who was released by Oakland after being the No. 1 draft choice in 2007, entered the plea Tuesday in court in Mobile. He is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, codeine syrup.

Authorities have said he did not have a prescription for the drug and that he was arrested July 5 at his home as part of an undercover investigation.

A hearing in his case was set for Aug. 11.

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