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NFL: Cardinals' Levi Brown sidelined by torn triceps

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Arizona Cardinals starting left tackle Levi Brown tore a triceps muscle during Friday's exhibition game against the visiting Oakland Raiders Friday night and could be out a long time, according to ESPN.

Brown was scheduled to have an MRI Saturday morning. He is expected to miss at least three months but could be out for the season, depending on the results of the MRI.

Brown has started every game for the Cardinals for the past four years.

The injury happened in the second quarter. The Cardinals won the game 31-27.

---The New Orleans Saints' depth at linebacker took a hit with word that Chris Chamberlain will miss the season with a torn ACL. He suffered the injury Friday night against Jacksonville.

Chamberlain signed a three-year contract with the Saints earlier this year, reuniting him with new Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who had been Chamberlain's coach with the St. Louis Rams.

Chamberlain, a seventh-round pick in 2008, started 13 games for the Rams last season.

---A man was shot in a parking lot near the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., during the Oakland Raiders-Arizona Cardinals exhibition game Friday night.

The Arizona Republic reported that the victim was in stable condition at a hospital.

The two men began fighting during the third quarter of the game before one of the men shot the other. The victim was initially hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, a police spokeswoman told the newspaper.

The suspect was arrested and no one else was injured during the incident.

---Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart and wide receiver Jacoby Ford were both injured during the team's exhibition loss at the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.

Leinart, a former Cardinal, was heavily booed by the crowd when he entered the game. The left-hander completed five of eight passes for 66 yards before leaving the game with a cut on his right index finger. NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported Saturday that X-rays were negative and he received stitches to close the wound.

Leinart reportedly will be ready for the regular season opener against the San Diego Chargers. He is competing with Terrelle Pryor for the No. 2 spot behind Carson Palmer but Pryor has struggled.

Ford left the game with a foot injury after catching a pass. Pro Football Talk reported that Ford was having the foot examined on Saturday.

He missed eight regular-season games in 2011 because of injuries.

---Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb responded to criticism from Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Tommy Kelly, who said after Friday night's exhibition game that Kolb is "scared."

Kolb was sacked three times, including once in the end zone by Kelly.

"Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs," Kelly said. "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 told the Cardinals website that the comments were ridiculous.

"Scared? Scared of what?" Kolb said. "Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes Number 93 (Kelly).

"There's a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play. Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don't mind people criticizing my play. Don't ever question my toughness."

Kolb completed 3 of 6 passes for 22 yards in the Cardinals 31-27 victory over the Raiders.

He is competing with John Skelton for the starting job.

---Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly criticized Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb after the two teams met in an exhibition game in Glendale, Ariz., on Friday.

"He is skittish," Kelly told reporters. "He is scared back there."

Kolb completed 3 of 6 passes for 22 yards and was sacked three times, including one in his own end zone by Kelly.

"Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs," Kelly said. "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's competition for the starting job, John Skelton, completed 3 of 3 passes for 23 yards.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt did not say after the game who would start next.

Arizona won the game 31-27.

---The Detroit Lions claimed offensive lineman Bill Nagy, who was waived by the Dallas Cowboys because of an injury.

Nagy was expected to compete for the starting center job but he sustained a high ankle sprain in the opening practice of training camp and had surgery on his left ankle for the second time in 10 months. He fractured the same ankle against the Patriots last October.

The Cowboys expected Nagy to revert to their own reserve/injured list after clearing waivers. But much like the Patriots did with tight end Jake Ballard -- claimed from the Giants despite a knee injury that will keep him out this season -- the Lions took a low-risk gamble on Nagy returning to good health.

Lions center Dominic Raiola is in the final year of his contract.

Nagy started at center for Wisconsin after a moped accident in July 2009 in which he sustained ligament damage in his foot, broke his right wrist and right heel.

---The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly the top candidate to play at least one game in London in the next four years, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Vikings would replace the St. Louis Rams, who backed out of plans to play at Wembley Stadium in 2013 and '14, sources told the newspaper.

The team is negotiating with the University of Minnesota to relocate games from TCF Bank Stadium to London while the Metrodome is being reconstructed.

Minnesota has not played overseas since 1994.

"We've expressed an interest, and there's a process the league is following," said Lester Bagley, the team's vice president of public affairs and stadium development. "We'll see how it shakes out."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not comment on specifics but said the league hopes to make an announcement soon. Owners are scheduled to meet in October.

The Vikings are next to last in the NFL in stadium revenue and have a flexible lease at the Metrodome. They may also play games at the University of Minnesota for a year.

The Vikings played four preseason games in London; Gothenburg, Sweden; Berlin and Tokyo between 1983 and 1994.

The NFL played its first annual game at Wembley Stadium in 2007.

---Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is not moved by the holdout of running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

"Believe me, on a zero-to-10 level of stress, this doesn't even move the needle," Khan told Yahoo! Sports.

Jones-Drew still has two years left on his five-year, $31 million contract but has held out for a new deal all offseason.

"He's not here, and that's his decision," Khan said. "Believe me, it's not a great concern. You hope for the best, and you plan for the worst. Our goals for the season don't change, and if he isn't here, he isn't here. I don't control it. It's his choice."

Khan may have been caught up in his team's 27-24 exhibition victory at the New Orleans Saints on Friday. Rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon caught a touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert in his NFL debut.
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