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JaMarcus Russell sheds 50 pounds on road to comeback

It's one of our more persistent offseason storylines in 2013: JaMarcus Russell continues to lose weight as NFL teams continue to eye the progress with skepticism.

The latest report comes from's Ian Rapoport, who passes along word that Russell is down 50 pounds to 265 pounds. That should help satisfy NFL teams that reportedly wanted the former No. 1 overall draft pick to drop more pounds.

Russell's work to get back in shape and return to the NFL is laudable, but we still can't imagine any NFL team taking a shot at him. This league is all about second chances, but Russell might have permanently ruined all interest during his first tour of duty with the Oakland Raiders. No amount of weight loss can cover that up.

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