JaMarcus Russell’s knee, weight gain slow comeback

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At a time when failed former first-rounders such as Matt Leinart can find work, many are wondering why JaMarcus Russell can’t find a place to continue his comeback attempt.

The answer appears to be that he’s not keeping the weight off.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Russell has gained back some of the 51 pounds he lost while training this offseason.

A sore knee has doubtless contributed to the weight gain, as swelling has kept him from working out the way he had before.

Russell has a big frame, and has always leaned toward looking soft. But if he can’t keep it off at a time when he’s working on a last chance, that chance may never come.

43 responses to “JaMarcus Russell’s knee, weight gain slow comeback

  1. Oops, stupid phone.

    I may be the only one to say this but I have respect for the guy, his documentary on espn showed how much this guys gone through in his life and I can honestly respect that. On that note I think it’s time for Jamarcus to search for a new career, he won’t have to worry about what people think about him and can support his family. And I certainly wish the kid the best in whatever endeavors he decides to partake in; in his future.

  2. “I’m shocked that JaMarcus wasn’t able to show enough self-control to keep in shape while attempting his last chance at a comeback in the NFL!!” – said no one, ever.

  3. He is a fat lazy slob that has no desire to play pro football. He has his 50 million and he pretends to come back to try and save his cough syrup image. He is neck and neck with Ryan Leaf. The bust of all busts. He wins hands down as the worst raider draft pick in history. I wish he would take his fur jackets and become a fat stripper. I hate this guy.

  4. Well if JR is serious and no NFL team will provide him the necessary resources then he needs to take it upon himself to find the right mentor to help him if it’s that important to him.

  5. “many are wondering why JaMarcus Russell can’t find a place to continue his comeback attempt.”

    Well, maybe you are.

    I’m not.

  6. What in Earth did others see in him that I missed?
    After his first 6 or 8 games, I knew without a doubt that he’d never make it in the NFL.
    I never saw any awareness, ability to recognize different defensive looks, accuracy in his throws, anything.
    So he can throw a field goal from his knees. Is that all it takes?
    The guy had nothing.
    And he was a fat moron to boot.

    Move on…

  7. @kenstabler says: There is a tie for worst Raider draft pick with Todd Marinovich. Also it is uncanny how similar both of their off-field paths were.

  8. I like to see when a guy can resurrect himself in life but considering his gameplay & work ethic history, physical softness and now a bum knee- doesn’t look promising.

  9. Where is the next Jim Plunkett/Rich Gannon. Why can’t the castoffs of today, become great players?

  10. JaCarcuss would be a perfect NY Jet, joining the cavalcade of misfits at QB for a flailing head coach like Ryan.

  11. Actually Marinovich had a few impressive games that first season but I recall when that pick was made—shocked everyone(there was some kind of family infuence but dont recall exactly what).
    I think that was the the first hint of the great decline of AL………Amazing how ove rthe years the organization passed on so may great QBs and never drafed a truly great one.

  12. “many are wondering why JaMarcus Russell can’t find a place to continue his comeback attempt.”

    Who exactly are these “many”? Give us names. OK, give me one name.

  13. Really?! Many still wonder why this guy isn’t getting another chance? He’s awful, never was worth anything, and he got paid more than most of us will earn for real work in a lifetime. He doesn’t deserve another chance, and we really need to move on from this tired old story of flops trying to relive the fantasy. Someday soon, this same story will be written, with the name Tebow.

  14. It’s no wonder why no team fell for his sudden weight loss. He clearly did it just to get tryouts. As soon as some gullible team fell for this scam then he would have lost his motivation and started to hit the buffets again. You can’t trust a guy who suddenly gains or loses weight before a draft or NFL comeback.

  15. ryann252013 says:
    Aug 25, 2013 9:56 PM
    Oops, stupid phone.

    I may be the only one to say this but I have respect for the guy, his documentary on espn showed how much this guys gone through in his life and I can honestly respect that. On that note I think it’s time for Jamarcus to search for a new career, he won’t have to worry about what people think about him and can support his family. And I certainly wish the kid the best in whatever endeavors he decides to partake in; in his future.
    **************************************************
    It’s not the phone.

    SMH.

  16. “kenstabler says: Aug 25, 2013 9:59 PM

    He is a fat lazy slob that has no desire to play pro football. He has his 50 million and he pretends to come back to try and save his cough syrup image. He is neck and neck with Ryan Leaf. The bust of all busts. He wins hands down as the worst raider draft pick in history. I wish he would take his fur jackets and become a fat stripper. I hate this guy.”

    I seem to remember an article that said he was losing his house for not making his payments.
    But he did just win 3 million from the Raiders who obviously hire crappy lawyers in addition to crappy quarterbacks.

  17. Are we sure it’s because he is an overweight, unmotivated excuse for a top 3 pick or is there something underlying? Many will be posting here shortly despite his lack of effort, him being heavy, his lazy work ethic, his inability to learn to read pro defenses that there HAS to be another reason he isn’t getting another shot! It just can’t be that he’s terrible, we all know it’s something else at play!!

  18. I really can’t believe that people can’t believe that “Purple Drank” can’t find work. The guy fully ripped off the Raiders and it isn’t like Jolly who played pretty well for the Packers and then got busted, Russell played like garbage.

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