Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; An Arizona Cardinals fan holds a sign relating to Chad Johnson and ex wife Evelyn Lozada and Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Cardinals have Disasterous 31-27 Victory over Raiders as Injuries Mount

The biggest news from preseason contests so far this week isn’t so much who did what but who got lost.

Indeed, Kevin “Cornless” Kolb and Red John Skelton are battling things out in Arizona to see just who can undercut the other and play worse. Kolb is beginning to remind me of Blaine Gabbert without the poise, and Skelton looks like the job will fall into his lap because he bites it the least. Its been reported that Raiders DT Tommy Kelly came off the field saying “That boy’s scared!” – referring to Cornless.

Hardly a ringing endorsement for the guy, even if it IS jabberjawing from the opposing team. But that’s not even the worst news for Cardinals fans.

Pro-bowler and star left tackle Levi Brown injured his arm (Triceps) in the Oakland game and early indications are that it could end his season. It’s horrible news for any team to lose your starting LT, but with the poor play Cardinals QBs have demonstrated thus far, it’s just going from bad to worse in Glendale. Add to that the fact a man was shot in the parking lot after an argument after the contest and the whole evening qualifies as a disaster for the Cardinals on and off the field.

The Raiders didn’t escape unscathed themselves. Backup QB Matt Leinart left the game after a late hit from Ricky Lumpkin. WR Jacoby Ford injured his foot and we await details on that.

In other games, veteran RB LeGarrette Blount of the Bucs injured his groin, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious, according to Head Coach Greg Schiano. Panthers’ RB Jonathan Stewart, who just days ago signed a lucrative long-term contract, left the Miami game with a calf injury but walked off the field under his own power.

The Baltimore Ravens seem to be a hard-luck team this year. After losing reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs for most if not all of the season in a pickup basketball game during the summer, DT Ryan McBean had surgery to repair a broken ankle suffered last week and will be lost for the year. The defending champion New York Giants have multiple interior defenders either injured or unable to play for medical reasons.

This, after only two preseason games?


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