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Stoney Case calmly popped his dislocated left shoulder back into place, picked himself off the ground and resumed driving the Arizona Cardinals to the first of their two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Case, a backup who was 15-of-25 for 158 yards while playing most of the game, was knocked out of the game for one play by the shoulder injury. He returned to lead the Cardinals to a 21-14 exhibition win Saturday over the Oakland Raiders.

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  • The game drew just 31,858 fans, the smallest crowd to watch a Raiders preseason game in the San Francisco Bay area since 1967. The previous low was 32,017 last Monday night against Tampa Bay.

    Case, who was sacked four times and fumbled twice, was knocked to the ground early in the fourth quarter when he was tackled by Aundray Bruce, who was penalized for roughing the passer.

    "I dislocated my left shoulder when Bruce hit me," Case said. "I was sitting down and by the time the doctor got to me, I was able to relax and pop my shoulder back."

    "I thought it was an excessive hit," Case added. "He was on me and I kept backpedaling. He knew I didn't have the ball and he still hit me."

    That series ended with Michael Pittman's second touchdown, a 4-yard run that tied the game 14-14. Case led the Cardinals on a 14-play, 58-yard drive in the closing minutes to set up another 4-yard scoring run by Pittman with 44 seconds remaining.

    "It was a sweet job in the fourth," Cardinals coach Vince Tobin said. "We ran the clock down and we scored points. I was really happy with that, because it's been a problem in the past."

    Pittman also had a 1-yard scoring run in the first quarter for the Cardinals (2-2), who pulled their first-string offense in the first period.

    Donald Hollas threw scoring passes of 27 yards to Kenny Shedd and 9 yards to Terry Mickens for the Raiders (2-2), who lst their last two exhibition games at home after beginning the preseason with wins at Dallas and Green Bay.

    Hollas was 20-of-34 for 213 yards. Starter Jeff George was just 2-of-5 for 17 yards for Oakland before leaving the game midway through the second quarter.

    The Raiders were held to 50 yards on 15 rushes and did not get a first down on the ground in the game.

    Jake Plummer completed all eight of his passes and then joined the rest of Arizona's first-string offense on the sidelines after one series. Plummer threw for 61 yards while leading the Cardinals on a game-opening 18-play drive that covered 84 yards and lasted 10:40, concluding with Pittman's 1-yard scoring run.

    "It was great. This is what you want to do every week, go out there in your first series of downs and score," Plummer said. "It was a good day's work for the first team. We actually wanted to go out there again later in the game and show the coaches what we could do, but they were worried that one of us would get hurt."

    Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Plummer's mobility makes him difficult to defend against.

    "The first quarter solely belonged to Arizona, they did an excellent job of taking control of the football game early," Gruden said.

    The Cardinals and Raiders meet during the regular season, playing Oct. 4 at Arizona.

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