After 5 practices, Kolb leads Cardinals at Oakland

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) points as quarterback Max Hall (6) looks on during workouts at NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) By Matt York Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) points as quarterback Max Hall (6) looks on during workouts at NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) By Matt York

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- After only five practices, Kevin Kolb will lead the Arizona Cardinals into their preseason opener Thursday night at Oakland.

Kolb says he hopes coach Ken Whisenhunt gives him as much playing time as possible as he works to learn a new system and develop chemistry with his teammates.

Whisenhunt says he probably will stay with his new quarterback a bit longer than he would under normal circumstances in a preseason opener.

Kolb, obtained in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, could not practice until last Thursday after he signed a five-year, $63 million contract with $21 million guaranteed.

He says that he's a perfectionist and it's been frustrating when he struggles sometimes with the terminology of the Cardinals offense.
  
>>NFL's Abdullah brothers invited to White House

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona Cardinals safety Hamza Abdullah and his brother, Husain, safety for the Minnesota Vikings, have been invited to the White House for dinner with President Barack Obama.

The two will attend the annual Iftar Dinner on Wednesday night celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Arizona's Abdullah says he was stunned and initially thought the invitation was a fake. He called it a "humbling experience" and looked forward to shaking the president's hand.

He called Obama "a stand-up guy" who is "for equality, regardless of ethnicity, religious background or class."

Abdullah will be in Oakland in time for Arizona's preseason opener Thursday night against the Raiders.