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JaMarcus Russell

Pleads Not Guilty

in 'Sizzurp' Case

7/20/2010 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former #1 overall NFL draft pick JaMarcus Russell just appeared in an Alabama courtroom this morning where the 6'6" quarterback plead not guilty to illegally possessing codeine syrup ... aka sizzurp.

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Russell -- who was recently cut by the Oakland Raiders for being terrible -- dressed for the occasion in a black on black suit that featured his initials -- and some fancy design -- embroidered into the breast.

As we previously reported, JaMarcus was arrested on July 5 after an undercover narcotics team searched his home.

He's due back in court in August.

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