CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- All Art Shell asked to see in his first game
back as coach of the Oakland Raiders was some progress.
Everyone wants to avoid injuries in the preseason, but the Eagles received a huge scare when running back Bruce Perry was carried off on a stretcher with 1:14
remaining, his head immobilized. He was tackled by rookie Timi Wusu
on a running play. Players from both sides stood silently or
kneeled in prayer before Perry was removed. Perry gave a thumbs-up
as he was wheeled to an ambulance and taken to a hospital.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said Perry had a concussion and a team
spokesman added X-rays of Perry's neck were negative. A CT scan
also was normal and the team expected Perry to accompany it back to
"He had some loss of feeling in his arms and legs initially and
the feeling started to come back," Reid said. "I don't know how
far along he is now."
Oakland took control by forcing five turnovers, and Janikowski made field goals of
50, 51 and 24 yards.
"Coming up with turnovers was huge tonight," Shell said.
"They are reacting to the ball."
Shell was rehired a dozen years after being fired as Oakland's
coach. His mission: bringing back the glory of the franchise for
which he was a Hall of Fame tackle.
In front of former Raiders coach John Madden, who was enshrined
Saturday, Shell got off to a winning start.
"It feels really good to be back," Shell said. "And getting a
win is huge, because no matter if it is preseason, everybody wants
to win. Playing in this game, with Coach Madden inducted, it was
very much a good thing."
Philadelphia's David Akers set a game record with a 55-yard
field goal in the second quarter. And the Eagles' first-stringers
were solid on both sides of the ball.
"It was good that the offense got a chance to get out there and
get things rolling," Donovan McNabb said. "I felt healthy, so
it's an exciting time right now."
In his one series, McNabb hit all three passes for 29 yards on a
61-yard drive to Brian Westbrook's 1-yard touchdown run. McNabb is
returning from sports hernia surgery that cut short his 2005
season, a major reason the Eagles finished 6-10.
"We came with a different attitude," McNabb said. "This is
something that's serious for us. We were prepared to come out and
have a good showing."
Westbrook, coming back from a foot sprain that cost him the
final four games of 2005, had 32 yards rushing and a 14-yard
reception in his short night.
"I think as an offensive unit we're out there trying to prove
we can run the ball," Westbrook said. "We've certainly committed
a lot of time to the running game and we did it out there in the
first preseason game."
The Eagles made Oakland's starting defense look leaky in taking
the 7-0 edge, and the Raiders did little on offense with their
first-stringers until getting a break.
Three plays after Aaron Brooks' wobbly pass was picked off by
Roderick Hood, Jeff Garcia returned the favor. The veteran QB,
brought in as McNabb's backup this year, made a poor pass toward
another Philly addition, Jabar Gaffney. Fabian Washington
intercepted and sped 40 yards down the left sideline to the
"I was excited at the time," Washington said. "But then I
realized I can't take this into the regular season."
Lamont Jordan gained 14 yards on the final play of the opening
period, then Brooks hit Courtney Anderson in the front of the end
zone to tie it.
"I actually thought I wouldn't get it, but you never know
unless you try," Anderson said. "I threw my hands up there and
Akers untied it with his record kick, breaking the 54-yard mark
set by Dallas' Mike Clark in 1968 and tied by Atlanta's Bob Etter
the next year.
Oakland's defense provided another superb chance in the third
quarter when Grant Irons sacked Koy Detmer, who fumbled at his 13.
But holder Shane Lechler bobbled the snap on an attempted field
goal and Janikowski never got off a kick.
He did get off the 51-yarder in the third quarter to tie it,
though. His 50-yarder early in the fourth period made it 13-10, and
his 24-yarder finished the scoring.
The Hall of Fame paid tribute to Bill Willis, the first
black player in the NFL, at halftime. Willis was enshrined in 1977.
... Also on hand were the other living members of the Class of
2006: Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Rayfield Wright and Harry Carson.
The late Reggie White, who began his NFL career with the Eagles,
was represented by his widow, Sara. ... Along with Perry, the
Eagles had several injuries: guards Scott Young (right hamstring)
and Adrien Clarke (back spasms); tackles Pat McCoy (concussion) and
Calvin Armstrong (sprained left knee); and linebacker Greg Richmond