Offenses start slowly for Cowboys, Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. — The defenses were way ahead of the offenses in the Dallas Cowboys’ 3-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the preseason opener for both teams.


Dan Bailey’s 33-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half for Dallas provided the only scoring Monday night.

Darren McFadden picked up where he left off before a foot injury cut last season short by gaining 38 yards on Oakland’s first three plays of the exhibition season.

McFadden, who missed the last nine games of 2011 with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, opened with a 4-yard run, an 18-yard reception and a 16-yard run.

But Carson Palmer threw an interception to Gerald Sensabaugh on the next play for Oakland.

SAINTS: Louisiana State Police investigators have found no evidence that the Saints or general manager Mickey Loomis rigged Superdome wiring so opposing coaches’ radio communications could be intercepted.

“This has been an intensive investigation, and after numerous interviews we have determined that there is no evidence that state laws have been violated,” State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said after meeting with Saints owner Tom Benson to brief him on probe.

State police investigators have been working in conjunction with the FBI since the eavesdropping allegations surfaced in news reports in April.

“We found no corroborating evidence that Mickey Loomis or anybody in the Saints was engaged in wiretapping or eavesdropping,” Edmonson said.

• Running back Darren Sproles will not play in the next preseason game against Jacksonville on Friday night because knee soreness.

EAGLES: Philadelphia cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was evaluated for a concussion after colliding with teammate Nate Allen during a training-camp session.

The evaluation was standard operating procedure after such a hit. An Eagles spokesman said later that Asomugha does not have concussion symptoms yet.

RAMS: St. Louis is dropping plans to play home games in London in 2013 and 2014, citing a need to focus on negotiations on their lease and ease fan discontent.

PACKERS: Newly acquired running back Cedric Benson insists he has a lot left to give the team despite carrying the ball more than 1,500 times over the past seven NFL seasons.

“I think I’ve got plenty,” Benson said. “I still feel good. I’m still loose, I diet well and I train well and do the best I can to contribute to the longevity of my career as best I know how. And I think I’ve got plenty of years left. I feel great.”

GIANTS: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was taken off the physically unable to perform list and can start practicing with the team.

He missed the first two weeks of training camp while completing rehabilitation on a broken right foot.

CHARGERS: Running back Ryan Mathews is targeting the Sept. 10 season opener against the Oakland Raiders for his return from a broken collarbone.

COLTS: Linebacker Pat Angerer could miss six weeks after fracturing a foot during the preseason opener.



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