Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Carson Palmer will start Monday night’s exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys, with Matt Leinart taking over and Terrelle Pryor finishin up.
It’s safe to assume that Palmer won’t play beyond the first quarter, if that much. Leinart likely will play through the end ofthe first half, perhaps into the third quarter, with Pryor getting plenty of reps.
As for the running backs, Allen said Darren McFadden will see some action. To that, McFadden said he welcomes the chance to play in a game for the first time since he suffered a season-ending foot injury last October.
“I was thinking about that last night,” McFadden said. “I’m really anxious to get out there. I’m very excited about it. It’s like a rookie all over again. Just anxious and eager to get out there.”
– Allen said that rookie linebacker Mario Kurn and rookie wide receiver Duke Calhoun suffered torn anterior cruciate ligaments in their right knees Saturday.
Both players are slated for surgery to repair the damage, and they are out for the season, Allen said.