Get live scoring updates, news and analysis Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Raiders open preseason play against the Cardinals in Arizona.
Quarterback Derek Carr is scheduled to see his first action since breaking his leg in Week 15, a devastating season-ending injury that crippled Oakland’s Super Bowl aspirations. Carr will be followed by E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook, who are battling for the backup quarterback job.
The Raiders won’t see either of their top two draft picks who they hope will solidfy their defensive backfield — both first-round pick Gareon Conley and second-rounder Obi Melifonwu are nursing injuries.
Among the rookies to watch for is third-round pick Eddie Vanderdoes, a defensive tackle from UCLA. The Sacramento native has opened eyes in training camp and is listed as a starter.
The Cardinals (0-1), coming off a 20-18 Hall of Fame Game loss to Dallas nine days ago, also have a backup quarterback battle as former 49er Blaine Gabbert is trying to unseat Drew Stanton as Carson Palmer’s backup. Palmer is set for brief action Saturday night.
Gabbert had an impressive debut for the Cardinals in their opener, going 8-for-11 for 185 yards and no interceptions.
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