Looking back at mistakes

The old fisherman's lament, "the one that got away," is even more painful for an offensive lineman.

The one that got away for Raiders left tackle Robert Gallery Saturday night was Chiefs right end Jared Allen, and it led to a sack and fumble by Andrew Walter that Kansas City turned a short time later into a touchdown in a 20-9 victory at McAfee Coliseum.

Gallery, the subject of increasing speculation that he is a bust after being taken second overall in the 2004 draft, missed the previous four games with a dislocated left elbow. Gallery has missed six games overall, with a groin strain preventing him from playing in Week 2 against Baltimore and Week 9 against Denver.

"I had one play I'd like to have back," Gallery said. "I thought he was dropping back, he came back inside, and it came at a big point in the game," Gallery said. "Other than that, I felt pretty good especially after missing the last four games. I got some technique stuff straightened out, I think."

Coach Art Shell, a Hall of Fame left tackle, knows the drill.

"It's a sad thing. Everybody remembers the one play. That's the way it works," Shell said. "An offensive lineman can block a guy 39 out of 40 plays and the guy gets one sack and he's had a great game and the offensive lineman has had a tough day.

"Robert did some things that were much better this time around than he's done in the past. But we have to get rid of that one that that occurs. We can't afford to have those."

Gallery had no history of injury in Iowa, played in all 16 games as a rookie and the first 15 last season before suffering a broken leg and missing the season finale.

"It's been a rough year as far as injuries, but I've been lucky my whole career," Gallery said. "Hopefully I got it all out of the way this year and it won't happen again."

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