Raiders’ Kelly rips Kolb after Cards’ 31-27 win

It was bad enough for Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb that

Oakland’s Tommy Kelly sacked him in the end zone for a safety.

What the Raiders defensive end had to say about Kolb after

Oakland’s 31-27 loss to the Cardinals Friday night probably hurt

much worse.

”He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly said.

”Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs.

As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t

even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention

to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”

Kolb is fighting John Skelton for the starting quarterback job,

and his night was a mix of good and bad.

Skelton, meanwhile, made the most of a brief opportunity. He

took just five snaps, but that was enough for him to throw the

first touchdown pass for either quarterback candidate this

preseason.

Oakland running back Mike Goodson, who fumbled the ball away

twice, left later in the second quarter with a chest injury.

Arizona starting left tackle Levi Brown was sidelined in the second

quarter with a triceps injury. Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford

also left early with a foot injury.

Skelton’s 3-yard toss to a wide open Anthony Sherman was part of

Arizona’s 17-point second quarter.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t prepared to make any quarterback

pronouncement.

”Not with only five plays for John,” Whisenhunt said. ”I

think I’ll have to get John some extended time this next

week.”

Skelton entered the game after Oakland fumbled the ball away at

its 23. He completed 3 of 3 passes for 23 yards.

Whisenhunt said he didn’t want the starting offensive line to

play in the second half and he didn’t want Skelton playing behind

the backups.

Skelton said he understood, grudgingly.

”There’s a little frustration but at the same time you kind of

understand it,” he said. ”They want to give everyone an equal

opportunity but at the same time you can’t have the o-line in there

for an extended period of time just to make everything equal. I

kind of was a little mad about the decision but at the same time I

understand it.”

Kolb was 3 of 3 for 22 yards in Arizona’s opening touchdown

drive but was sacked by Kelly in the end zone on the Cardinals’

next possession. He completed 3 of 6 passes and was sacked three

times.

Raiders backup quarterback and former Cardinals starter Matt

Leinart left the game in the third quarter with a cut on the index

finger on his right (non-throwing) hand after he took a late hit

from Arizona’s Ricky Lumpkin, who was called for a personal foul on

the play.

”We’re going to get X-rays and see what happened, but we’ll see

what happens,” Leinart said.

The Cardinals lost starting left tackle Levi Brown to a triceps

injury in the second quarter. Whisenhunt said he would know more

about the severity of Brown’s injury on Saturday.

In a matchup of teams tied at No. 23 in the AP Pro32, Oakland

had a 184-52 advantage in yards at halftime but trailed 24-11,

thanks to two turnovers that resulted in 10 Arizona points. Another

Cardinals TD came on a blocked punt as Arizona won for the first

time in three preseason games.

”We have got to execute better. We’ve got to eliminate the

turnovers,” Oakland coach Dennis Allen said. ”The self-inflicted

wounds , they are hard to come back from so we have to execute in

that regard a lot better.”

Arizona’s Justin Bethel, a sixth-round draft pick out of

Presbyterian College (enrollment 1,200), blocked the punt and

returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. He later blocked an extra

point.

Carson Palmer played the first half for Oakland, completing 13

of 24 passes for 107 yards. He was intercepted once.

Darren McFadden ran nine times for 34 yards for the Raiders

(0-2), who scored their first touchdown of the preseason when

Lonyae Miller ran in from the 1-yard line against the Arizona

reserves in the third quarter.

Rookie Eddy Carmona kicked a 52-yard field goal for Oakland

after Sebastian Janikowski booted three field goals and called it a

night.

The Cardinals’ Ryan Williams, the second-year pro playing for

the first time since tearing his right patella tendon in the

preseason a year ago, rushed five times for 25 yards, including a

3-yard touchdown run.

”I can’t even lie, I was so nervous,” Williams said. ”I felt

like I was six years old again playing Pop Warner.”

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