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    Jets QB Wilson injures knee in preseason game against Eagles
    By AARON BRACY, Associated Press | 
    8/12/22

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson injured his right knee in the first quarter in Friday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    After going back to pass, Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his right for 7 yards, but went down after the play. He appeared to injure his knee when planting to cut on Philadelphia’s grass field.

    After being checked by trainers, Wilson limped to the sideline on his own power before heading to the locker room. The Jets announced Wilson was questionable to return with a knee injury.

    It’s the same knee that Wilson suffered a sprained PCL in Week 7 against New England last year. He was sidelined four games before returning and playing the rest of the season.

    There are high hopes this year for the 23-year-old Wilson, who was drafted No. 2 overall last year. He had an up-and-down rookie season, throwing nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games, but went without an interception in his final five games.

    Wilson was shaky in his first series against Philadelphia’s starters, going 1 for 3 for 10 yards with an interception. Eagles linebacker Kyzir White stepped in front of Wilson’s intended pass for wide receiver Corey Davis and returned it 27 yards to the Jets 20 on what appeared to be a poor read by the New York quarterback. Wilson’s first pass of the game was a badly thrown out-route intended for rookie first-round pick Garrett Wilson.

    Wilson struggled with accuracy last season, ranking last in the league in completion rate (55.6%) and passer rating (69.7). His decision-making and accuracy had looked better this summer during training camp.

    Before his injury, Zach Wilson was sharper in his second series, albeit against Philadelphia backups. He connected with tight end Tyler Conklin for 4 yards and then hit wide receiver Elijah Moore for 9 yards, finishing 3 for 5 for 23 yards and an interception.

    The Jets also have 37-year-old Joe Flacco, but he was not in uniform for the game as a handful of veterans did not play in the preseason opener.

    ___

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    Len Dawson, MVP of Chiefs' first Super Bowl win, in hospice
    8/12/22

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Len Dawson, the 87-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title, has entered hospice care in Kansas City.

    KMBC-TV, the Kansas City station where Dawson began his broadcasting career in 1966, confirmed Dawson is in hospice care through his wife, Linda.

    The MVP of the Chiefs’ 23-7 Super Bowl victory over Minnesota in January 1970, Dawson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2012.

    From Alliance, Ohio, Dawson starred at Purdue and was selected fifth overall by Pittsburgh in the 1957 NFL draft. After seeing limited time in the NFL in three seasons with the Steelers and two with Cleveland, he joined the Dallas Texans in the American Football League in 1962, reuniting with former Purdue assistant coach Hank Stram.

    Dawson moved with the team to Kansas City the following season and remained the Chiefs' starting quarterback until retiring in 1975.

    In addition to his work at KMBC where he was the station's first sports anchor, Dawson was a game analyst for NBC and the Chiefs' radio network and hosted HBO's “Inside the NFL” show.

    ___

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    Atlanta 27, Detroit 23
    8/12/22

    Atlanta

    7

    10

    3

    7

    27

    Detroit

    7

    10

    3

    3

    23

    First Quarter

    Det_Swift 9 run (Seibert kick), 9:58.

    Atl_Mariota 6 run (Koo kick), :31.

    Second Quarter

    Det_FG Seibert 46, 12:41.

    Atl_Hesse 1 pass from Ridder (Koo kick), 4:31.

    Det_Funchess 1 pass from Boyle (R.Patterson kick), :47.

    Atl_FG Koo 47, :00.

    Third Quarter

    Atl_FG Koo 33, 7:02.

    Det_FG R.Patterson 27, :44.

    Fourth Quarter

    Det_FG R.Patterson 28, 5:57.

    Atl_Bernhardt 21 pass from Ridder (Koo kick), 1:30.

    A_40,521.

    ___

    Atl

    Det

    First downs

    18

    26

    Total Net Yards

    307

    393

    Rushes-yards

    29-168

    28-101

    Passing

    139

    292

    Punt Returns

    1-21

    1-10

    Kickoff Returns

    2-48

    5-127

    Interceptions Ret.

    1-11

    0-0

    Comp-Att-Int

    12-24-0

    30-48-1

    Sacked-Yards Lost

    0-0

    1-7

    Punts

    4-41.75

    1-65.0

    Fumbles-Lost

    1-0

    1-1

    Penalties-Yards

    5-34

    4-35

    Time of Possession

    26:10

    33:50

    ___

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING_Atlanta, Ridder 6-59, Ollison 5-33, Allgeier 3-25, Mariota 3-23, Huntley 8-18, D.Williams 3-10, A.Williams 1-0. Detroit, Blough 4-22, Swift 4-20, Jefferson 9-19, C.Reynolds 3-13, Jama.Williams 2-12, Ju.Jackson 3-11, Igwebuike 3-4.

    PASSING_Atlanta, Ridder 10-22-0-103, Mariota 2-2-0-36. Detroit, Blough 18-28-0-141, Boyle 9-16-1-111, Goff 3-4-0-47.

    RECEIVING_Atlanta, Darby 2-14, London 1-24, Bernhardt 1-21, Allison 1-20, Byrd 1-20, Hodge 1-12, A.Williams 1-9, Tate 1-7, Batson 1-6, Franks 1-5, Hesse 1-1. Detroit, Kennedy 8-104, Funchess 4-19, Pimpleton 3-15, Alexander 3-12, Raymond 2-52, St. Brown 2-29, C.Reynolds 2-5, Benson 1-24, Wright 1-18, Griffin 1-11, Givan 1-5, Jefferson 1-3, Zylstra 1-2.

    MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

    Atlanta 27, Detroit 23
    8/12/22

    Atlanta

    7

    10

    3

    7

    27

    Detroit

    7

    10

    3

    3

    23

    First Quarter

    Det_Swift 9 run (Seibert kick), 9:58. Drive: 11 plays, 79 yards, 5:02. Key Plays: Benson kick return to Detroit 21; Goff 18 pass to Wright; Jama.Williams 3 run on 3rd-and-1; Goff 20 pass to St. Brown. Detroit 7, Atlanta 0.

    Atl_Mariota 6 run (Koo kick), :31. Drive: 13 plays, 82 yards, 9:27. Key Plays: A.Williams kick return to Atlanta 18; D.Williams 8 run on 3rd-and-5; Mariota 24 pass to London; Mariota 10 run; Ollison 18 run; Ollison 12 run; Mariota 12 pass to Hodge on 3rd-and-8. Atlanta 7, Detroit 7.

    Second Quarter

    Det_FG Seibert 46, 12:41. Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 2:50. Key Plays: Benson kick return to Detroit 24; Boyle 45 pass to Raymond on 3rd-and-15; Boyle 7 pass to Kennedy on 3rd-and-9. Detroit 10, Atlanta 7.

    Atl_Hesse 1 pass from Ridder (Koo kick), 4:31. Drive: 7 plays, 55 yards, 3:29. Key Plays: Price 0 interception return to Detroit 35; Ridder 20 pass to Allison. Atlanta 14, Detroit 10.

    Det_Funchess 1 pass from Boyle (R.Patterson kick), :47. Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 3:44. Key Plays: Benson kick return to Detroit 31; Boyle 11 pass to Griffin; Boyle 24 pass to Benson on 3rd-and-8; Boyle 11 pass to Kennedy on 3rd-and-9. Detroit 17, Atlanta 14.

    Atl_FG Koo 47, :00. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 00:47. Key Plays: Ridder 20 run; Ridder 19 run on 3rd-and-10. Atlanta 17, Detroit 17.

    Third Quarter

    Atl_FG Koo 33, 7:02. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 1:26. Key Play: Alford 11 interception return to Detroit 15. Atlanta 20, Detroit 17.

    Det_FG R.Patterson 27, :44. Drive: 15 plays, 71 yards, 6:18. Key Plays: Alexander kick return to Detroit 20; Blough 26 pass to Kennedy; Blough 9 pass to Kennedy on 3rd-and-8; Blough 10 pass to Alexander. Atlanta 20, Detroit 20.

    Fourth Quarter

    Det_FG R.Patterson 28, 5:57. Drive: 17 plays, 51 yards, 8:40. Key Plays: Blough 9 pass to Funchess on 3rd-and-8; Blough 6 run on 4th-and-1; Blough 6 pass to Funchess on 3rd-and-9; Blough 7 pass to Pimpleton on 4th-and-3. Detroit 23, Atlanta 20.

    Atl_Bernhardt 21 pass from Ridder (Koo kick), 1:30. Drive: 5 plays, 33 yards, 00:30. Key Plays: Ridder 11 run; Ridder 5 pass to Franks on 3rd-and-14. Atlanta 27, Detroit 23.

    A_40,521.

    ___

    Atl

    Det

    FIRST DOWNS

    18

    26

    Rushing

    9

    3

    Passing

    8

    21

    Penalty

    1

    2

    THIRD DOWN EFF

    3-10

    8-15

    FOURTH DOWN EFF

    1-1

    2-2

    TOTAL NET YARDS

    307

    393

    Total Plays

    53

    77

    Avg Gain

    5.8

    5.1

    NET YARDS RUSHING

    168

    101

    Rushes

    29

    28

    Avg per rush

    5.793

    3.607

    NET YARDS PASSING

    139

    292

    Sacked-Yds lost

    0-0

    1-7

    Gross-Yds passing

    139

    299

    Completed-Att.

    12-24

    30-48

    Had Intercepted

    0

    1

    Yards-Pass Play

    5.792

    5.959

    KICKOFFS-EndZone-TB

    5-3-0

    6-6-4

    PUNTS-Avg.

    4-41.75

    1-65.0

    Punts blocked

    0

    0

    FGs-PATs blocked

    0-0

    0-0

    TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE

    80

    137

    Punt Returns

    1-21

    1-10

    Kickoff Returns

    2-48

    5-127

    Interceptions

    1-11

    0-0

    PENALTIES-Yds

    5-34

    4-35

    FUMBLES-Lost

    1-0

    1-1

    TIME OF POSSESSION

    26:10

    33:50

    ___

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING_Atlanta, Ridder 6-59, Ollison 5-33, Allgeier 3-25, Mariota 3-23, Huntley 8-18, D.Williams 3-10, A.Williams 1-0. Detroit, Blough 4-22, Swift 4-20, Jefferson 9-19, C.Reynolds 3-13, Jama.Williams 2-12, Ju.Jackson 3-11, Igwebuike 3-4.

    PASSING_Atlanta, Ridder 10-22-0-103, Mariota 2-2-0-36. Detroit, Blough 18-28-0-141, Boyle 9-16-1-111, Goff 3-4-0-47.

    RECEIVING_Atlanta, Darby 2-14, London 1-24, Bernhardt 1-21, Allison 1-20, Byrd 1-20, Hodge 1-12, A.Williams 1-9, Tate 1-7, Batson 1-6, Franks 1-5, Hesse 1-1. Detroit, Kennedy 8-104, Funchess 4-19, Pimpleton 3-15, Alexander 3-12, Raymond 2-52, St. Brown 2-29, C.Reynolds 2-5, Benson 1-24, Wright 1-18, Griffin 1-11, Givan 1-5, Jefferson 1-3, Zylstra 1-2.

    PUNT RETURNS_Atlanta, A.Williams 1-21. Detroit, Alexander 1-10.

    KICKOFF RETURNS_Atlanta, Batson 1-26, A.Williams 1-22. Detroit, Benson 3-75, Pimpleton 1-30, Alexander 1-22.

    TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS_Atlanta, Alford 6-2-0, Evans 4-0-0, Tabor 3-3-0, Landman 3-2-0, Black 3-1-0, Ballentine 3-0-0, Malone 3-0-0, Etheridge 2-5-0, Brailford 2-1-.5, Ford 2-0-0, R.Smith 2-0-0, L.Pitts 1-1-0, Anderson 1-0-0, Armstrong 1-0-0, Deng 1-0-0, Ebiketie 1-0-0, Hall 1-0-0, Hankins 1-0-0, Harris 1-0-0, Hayward 1-0-0, Jarrett 1-0-0, Marlowe 1-0-0, Terrell 1-0-0, Horne 0-2-0, Dalton 0-1-.5, Graham 0-1-0, Tangelo 0-1-0, Thurman 0-1-0, Walker 0-1-0, Webb 0-1-0. Detroit, Joseph 5-1-0, Davis 3-0-0, Elliott 3-0-0, Okudah 3-0-0, Smith 2-1-0, Cominsky 2-0-0, Hutchinson 2-0-0, Price 2-0-0, Barnes 1-1-0, J.Hughes 1-1-0, Walker 1-1-0, Boswell 1-0-0, Bryant 1-0-0, Lucas 1-0-0, Pimpleton 1-0-0, Rodriguez 1-0-0, Hector 0-3-0, Woods 0-3-0, Board 0-1-0, Buggs 0-1-0, Hamilton 0-1-0, C.Harris 0-1-0, Houston 0-1-0, Pittman 0-1-0.

    INTERCEPTIONS_Atlanta, Alford 1-11. Detroit, None.

    MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

    ___

    OFFICIALS_Referee Land Clark, Ump Paul King, HL Tom Stephan, LJ Brian Bolinger, FJ Michael Banks, SJ Dominique Pender, BJ Greg Meyer, Replay Randy Campbell.

    Ridder leads Falcons to late victory over Lions 27-23
    By DAVE HOGG, Associated Press | 
    8/12/22

    DETROIT (AP) — Rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jared Bernhardt with 1:30 left to give the Atlanta Falcons a 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions on Friday.

    The Lions took a 23-20 lead on Riley Patterson's 28-yard field goal with 5:57 to play, then forced Atlanta into a three-and-out. Detroit quarterback David Blough, though, fumbled at his 33 with 2:00 left.

    Facing fourth-and-9 from the 21 with 1:37 left, Atlanta coach Arthur Smith decided to avoid a tie and give Ridder a chance to win the game.

    “There was no way we were going to kick — no one wants a tie," he said. “We were going to try to make a play and try to win. I don't think Joe Gibbs and Tony Dungy went to the Hall of Fame on their preseason records.”

    Ridder dodged two pass rushers and Bernhardt fought off Cedric Boswell's coverage attempt to make the catch just inside the end zone.

    “(Boswell) apologized after the play for not running a great route,” Smith said. “I told him not to worry about it — he won us the game.”

    Ridder replaced Marcus Mariota after one drive and finished 10-for-22 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 59 yards, as Atlanta put up 168 yards rushing and just 139 passing.

    Lions quarterbacks Tim Boyle and Blough, competing for the No. 2 job behind Jared Goff, both struggled. Boyle was 9-for-16 for 111 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Blough was 18-for-28 for 141 yards, but had a pass deflected and nearly intercepted in his own end zone with 3:42 left before his late fumble.

    “We certainly wish we could have finished that off, but we did get a good look at our guys in different situations,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “I was pleased with the way our offense started the game.”

    The Lions have lost their past nine preseason games. Their previous win came on Aug. 24, 2018, in Tampa Bay.

    TRAINER'S ROOM

    Falcons: WR Drake London, the eighth overall pick in this spring's draft, sustained a knee injury on the game's first series and did not return. Smith said they won't have an update on London until this weekend.

    Lions: S Will Harris left the game on the first series with a hand injury and didn't return.

    WELCOME HOME

    Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was a familiar sight for Detroit football fans even before the Lions picked him with the No. 2 pick in April's draft. Hutchinson was a star for Michigan last season in their first run to the College Football Playoff, and he made a quick impact in his NFL debut.

    On his first two plays, he knocked Marcus Mariota out of bounds after a 7-yard gain, then stopped running back Qadree Ollison for a 2-yard loss on second down. Two plays later, he drew a holding penalty on Chris Lindstrom.

    GETTING WORK IN

    Both first-team offenses started the game with touchdown drives, taking up all but 31 seconds of the first quarter. D'Andre Swift scored after a 10-play Detroit drive and Mariota scrambled in from 6 yards to conclude a 12-play Falcons possession.

    “It was good to see us answer their touchdown on our first possession, but we didn't really need to see Marcus running that much (three carries for 23 yards),” Smith said. “But I'd rather have guys like him — the ones you have to hold back in the preseason — than the others you have to push forward.”

    Boyle replaced Jared Goff for Detroit's second possession.

    FINALLY TOGETHER

    Last season, the Lions' first-choice offensive line — LT Taylor Decker, LG Jonah Jackson, C Frank Ragnow, RG Halapoulivaati Vaitai and RT Penei Sewell — never made it onto the field for a regular-season snap. They started on Friday, which led Goff to give up his planned week off.

    “I heard those guys were finally going to be out there, and I didn't want them out there without me,” said Goff, who requested to play after learning he wasn't scheduled to be active. “We got out there, scored a touchdown and did it swiftly. It always feels good to do that against another team.”

    UP NEXT

    Falcons: Visit the New York Jets on Monday, Aug. 22.

    Lions: Visit the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Aug. 20.

    ___

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    Cleveland 24, Jacksonville 13
    8/12/22

    Cleveland

    0

    14

    10

    0

    24

    Jacksonville

    6

    7

    0

    0

    13

    First Quarter

    Jac_FG Fry 23, 9:13.

    Jac_FG Santoso 38, 7:27.

    Second Quarter

    Jac_Engram 9 pass from Lawrence (Fry kick), 14:09.

    Cle_J.Ford 3 run (York kick), 9:02.

    Cle_Emerson 74 interception return (York kick), :25.

    Third Quarter

    Cle_FG York 31, 9:43.

    Cle_J.Ford 14 pass from Dobbs (York kick), 4:57.

    A_54,789.

    ___

    Cle

    Jac

    First downs

    15

    21

    Total Net Yards

    254

    267

    Rushes-yards

    27-83

    24-77

    Passing

    171

    190

    Punt Returns

    2-5

    2-18

    Kickoff Returns

    2-31

    2-37

    Interceptions Ret.

    2-74

    0-0

    Comp-Att-Int

    17-25-0

    22-40-2

    Sacked-Yards Lost

    0-0

    5-31

    Punts

    4-53.25

    3-44.333

    Fumbles-Lost

    2-2

    1-1

    Penalties-Yards

    11-139

    4-34

    Time of Possession

    27:23

    32:37

    ___

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING_Cleveland, Ford 10-57, Kelly 10-20, Dobbs 1-9, D.Johnson 3-0, Rosen 3-(minus 3). Jacksonville, Etienne 9-23, Conner 7-21, Armstead 5-17, Lawrence 1-11, Sargent 2-5.

    PASSING_Cleveland, Dobbs 10-13-0-108, Rosen 6-7-0-56, Watson 1-5-0-7. Jacksonville, Lawrence 6-12-0-95, Luton 12-21-1-92, Beathard 4-7-1-34.

    RECEIVING_Cleveland, Ford 4-45, Griffin-Stewart 3-37, Baldwin 3-25, Kelly 2-14, Stanton 1-20, Forristall 1-11, Njoku 1-7, Wims 1-7, Bradley 1-5. Jacksonville, T.Jones 5-42, Prince 3-30, Sargent 3-17, Z.Jones 2-47, Treadwell 2-27, Farrell 2-18, Conner 2-11, Etienne 1-10, Manhertz 1-10, Engram 1-9.

    MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

    Cleveland 24, Jacksonville 13
    8/12/22

    Cleveland

    0

    14

    10

    0

    24

    Jacksonville

    6

    7

    0

    0

    13

    First Quarter

    Jac_FG Fry 23, 9:13. Drive: 11 plays, 78 yards, 4:40. Key Plays: Lawrence 32 pass to Z.Jones; Lawrence 11 run; Etienne 12 run; Lawrence 10 pass to Manhertz. Jacksonville 3, Cleveland 0.

    Jac_FG Santoso 38, 7:27. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 1:03. Jacksonville 6, Cleveland 0.

    Second Quarter

    Jac_Engram 9 pass from Lawrence (Fry kick), 14:09. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 6:28. Key Plays: Lawrence 19 pass to Treadwell on 3rd-and-12; Lawrence 10 pass to Etienne on 3rd-and-6; Lawrence 15 pass to Z.Jones. Jacksonville 13, Cleveland 0.

    Cle_J.Ford 3 run (York kick), 9:02. Drive: 10 plays, 74 yards, 5:11. Key Plays: Bradley kick return to Cleveland 26; Dobbs 11 pass to Forristall on 3rd-and-5; J.Ford 41 run; Dobbs 10 pass to Kelly. Jacksonville 13, Cleveland 7.

    Cle_Emerson 74 interception return (York kick), :25. Cleveland 14, Jacksonville 13.

    Third Quarter

    Cle_FG York 31, 9:43. Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 3:03. Key Plays: J.Ford 15 run; Dobbs 12 pass to Griffin-Stewart. Cleveland 17, Jacksonville 13.

    Cle_J.Ford 14 pass from Dobbs (York kick), 4:57. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:55. Key Plays: Kelly 12 run on 3rd-and-2; Dobbs 20 pass to Stanton; Dobbs 12 pass to Baldwin. Cleveland 24, Jacksonville 13.

    A_54,789.

    ___

    Cle

    Jac

    FIRST DOWNS

    15

    21

    Rushing

    4

    3

    Passing

    9

    12

    Penalty

    2

    6

    THIRD DOWN EFF

    4-12

    3-13

    FOURTH DOWN EFF

    1-1

    2-4

    TOTAL NET YARDS

    254

    267

    Total Plays

    52

    69

    Avg Gain

    4.9

    3.9

    NET YARDS RUSHING

    83

    77

    Rushes

    27

    24

    Avg per rush

    3.074

    3.208

    NET YARDS PASSING

    171

    190

    Sacked-Yds lost

    0-0

    5-31

    Gross-Yds passing

    171

    221

    Completed-Att.

    17-25

    22-40

    Had Intercepted

    0

    2

    Yards-Pass Play

    6.84

    4.222

    KICKOFFS-EndZone-TB

    5-3-3

    4-3-2

    PUNTS-Avg.

    4-53.25

    3-44.333

    Punts blocked

    0

    0

    FGs-PATs blocked

    0-0

    0-0

    TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE

    110

    55

    Punt Returns

    2-5

    2-18

    Kickoff Returns

    2-31

    2-37

    Interceptions

    2-74

    0-0

    PENALTIES-Yds

    11-139

    4-34

    FUMBLES-Lost

    2-2

    1-1

    TIME OF POSSESSION

    27:23

    32:37

    ___

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING_Cleveland, Ford 10-57, Kelly 10-20, Dobbs 1-9, D.Johnson 3-0, Rosen 3-(minus 3). Jacksonville, Etienne 9-23, Conner 7-21, Armstead 5-17, Lawrence 1-11, Sargent 2-5.

    PASSING_Cleveland, Dobbs 10-13-0-108, Rosen 6-7-0-56, Watson 1-5-0-7. Jacksonville, Lawrence 6-12-0-95, Luton 12-21-1-92, Beathard 4-7-1-34.

    RECEIVING_Cleveland, Ford 4-45, Griffin-Stewart 3-37, Baldwin 3-25, Kelly 2-14, Stanton 1-20, Forristall 1-11, Njoku 1-7, Wims 1-7, Bradley 1-5. Jacksonville, T.Jones 5-42, Prince 3-30, Sargent 3-17, Z.Jones 2-47, Treadwell 2-27, Farrell 2-18, Conner 2-11, Etienne 1-10, Manhertz 1-10, Engram 1-9.

    PUNT RETURNS_Cleveland, Bradley 2-5. Jacksonville, Hall 2-18.

    KICKOFF RETURNS_Cleveland, Bradley 2-31. Jacksonville, Conner 1-21, Johnson 1-16.

    TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS_Cleveland, Allen 4-4-0, Fields 4-3-0, Moffatt 4-0-1, Togiai 4-0-0, Thomas 3-0-2, D.Bell 3-0-0, Emerson 3-0-0, Green 3-0-0, Hill 3-0-0, Harrison 2-0-0, Kunaszyk 2-0-0, Winovich 2-0-0, Harvey 1-3-0, Logan 1-1-0, Odom 1-0-1, Rochell 1-0-1, LeCounte 1-0-0, Motley 1-0-0, Owusu-Koramoah 1-0-0, Phillips 0-1-0, Weaver 0-1-0, Winfrey 0-1-0, Wright 0-1-0. Jacksonville, Mo.Brown 4-1-0, Wingard 4-0-0, Gotsis 3-1-0, Claybrooks 3-0-0, Thomas 2-2-0, J.Jones 2-0-0, Junior 2-0-0, Muma 2-0-0, Adams 1-1-0, Berry 1-1-0, Morgan 1-1-0, Rusnak 1-1-0, Allen 1-0-0, Dixon 1-0-0, Jenkins 1-0-0, Robertson-Harris 1-0-0, Russell 1-0-0, Smoot 1-0-0, R.Williams 1-0-0, Tufele 0-4-0, Chaisson 0-1-0, Crawford 0-1-0, R.Ford 0-1-0, Ray 0-1-0, Walker 0-1-0.

    INTERCEPTIONS_Cleveland, Emerson 1-74, Miller 1-0. Jacksonville, None.

    MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

    ___

    OFFICIALS_Referee Carl Cheffers, Ump Brandon Cruse, HL Mike Carr, LJ Jeff Seeman, FJ Nathan Jones, SJ Eugene Hall, BJ Matt Edwards, Replay Kevin Brown.

    Watson apologizes, then struggles in Browns preseason debut
    By MARK LONG, AP Pro Football Writer | 
    8/12/22

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson apologized before his preseason debut with the Cleveland Browns and then got an earful from opposing fans.

    Watson apologized Friday “to all the women I have impacted” after being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions.

    Potentially facing a year-long suspension, Watson publicly expressed remorse and contrition for the first time since he was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting the women during therapy sessions in 2020 and 2021.

    He spoke before the team’s exhibition opener, a 24-13 victory at Jacksonville (0-2) in which Watson was roundly booed during three series of work. Fans in one end zone could be heard chanting vulgarities at Watson during his first drive.

    The three-time Pro Bowler completed 1 of 5 passes for 7 yards in his first game action since Jan. 3, 2021, with Houston.

    “I think he probably wants some throws back," Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. "Obviously playing football for the first time in a while, I thought it was important for him to get out there with his teammates in this scheme. I’m sure he had the butterflies and the jitters early. But I think he understands what he’s working through.”

    Watson managed no first downs and 7 yards while playing without receiver Amari Cooper, running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and offensive linemen Joel Bitonio and Jack Conklin. Starting center Nick Harris, who is replacing NFLPA president and salary-cap casualty JC Tretter, went down on the second play with a right knee injury.

    Harris will have tests Saturday to determine the extent of his injury, Stefanski said.

    Cleveland trailed 13-0 when Watson’s night ended. He spent much of the second half sitting on a cooler on the sideline and chewing gum. If he made any strides, they came before kickoff.

    “Look, I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation,” Watson said in the pregame interview. “The decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward.”

    The team declined to make Watson available after the game.

    Watson, who denied any wrongdoing while settling 23 of 24 civil lawsuits, is still facing league discipline. The NFL is appealing independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson’s six-game suspension. The retired federal judge concluded Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy with “egregious” and “predatory” behavior. As part of her ruling, Robinson noted Watson’s lack of remorse.

    The appeal is now with Peter C. Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell. In the meantime, Watson can practice and play. Stefanski said he wanted to get Watson preseason action despite the looming suspension.

    “It’s been something that we’ve been talking about the last few months, weeks, just trying to figure out what the best path forward was for — not just for our quarterbacks — but for the entire team," he said.

    Watson jogged into TIAA Bank Field with a security guard at his side and later stopped to sign autographs following warmups. No protests against Watson were found outside the stadium, although several cars could be seen sporting unsavory messages ripping the embattled quarterback.

    BETTER JAGS

    Jacksonville played most of its starters and looked considerably better than it did in the Hall of Fame game last week in Canton, Ohio.

    Trevor Lawrence completed 6 of 12 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, a 9-yarder to Evan Engram on a fourth-down play.

    “Overall, I thought we played pretty well those first three series,” said Lawrence, who didn't face Cleveland's star pass rushers Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.

    Jaguars running back Travis Etienne played for the first time since suffering a foot injury last preseason and ran for 23 yards. He also had a 10-yard reception that set up a field goal.

    The Jaguars scored on each of their first three possessions, significant signs of progress as new coach Doug Pederson leads another rebuild in Jacksonville.

    PLAY OF THE GAME

    Browns rookie Martin Emerson had the play of the game, ripping a pass from Jaguars receiver Jeff Cotton and taking it 74 yards the other way for a touchdown and a 14-13 lead in the second quarter. It was another moment for Emerson, a third-round draft pick who is pushing for playing time in a backfield that includes Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome and Greedy Williams.

    FORD SHINES

    Browns rookie running back Jerome Ford, a fifth-round pick from Cincinnati, had a standout night despite a late fumble. Ford ran for 57 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 46 yards and a score.

    Ford is giving Cleveland another option in a crowded — and talented — backfield. Chubb and Hunt sat out, leaving D’Ernest Johnson to start. But Johnson fumbled on the second series, and Ford took over from there.

    UP NEXT

    Browns host Philadelphia on Aug. 21.

    Jaguars host Pittsburgh on Aug. 20.

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    Jets QB Wilson injures knee in preseason win against Eagles
    By AARON BRACY, Associated Press | 
    8/12/22

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A knee injury to Zach Wilson in Friday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles has turned the Jets’ high hopes for their second-year quarterback into concern.

    Wilson hurt his right knee in the first quarter of the Jets’ 24-21 preseason victory. After going back to pass with 4:29 left in the period, Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his right for 7 yards, but went down after the play. He appeared to injure his knee when planting to cut on Philadelphia’s grass field.

    After being checked by trainers, Wilson limped to the sideline on his own power before heading to the locker room.

    After the game, Jets coach Robert Saleh said the initial tests on Wilson showed the ACL “is supposed to be intact,” but the team is waiting for the MRI on Saturday.

    “I’m always concerned until you get the final evaluation,” Saleh said.

    Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts looked sharp, completing all six of his pass attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown while playing just one series.

    There is optimism this year for the 23-year-old Wilson, who was drafted No. 2 overall last year. He had an up-and-down rookie season, throwing nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games, but went without an interception in his final five games.

    Wilson was shaky in his first series against Philadelphia’s starters, going 1 for 3 for 10 yards with an interception. Eagles linebacker Kyzir White stepped in front of Wilson’s intended pass for wide receiver Corey Davis and returned it 27 yards to the Jets 20 on what appeared to be a poor read by the New York quarterback. Wilson’s first pass of the game was a badly thrown out-route intended for rookie first-round pick Garrett Wilson.

    Wilson struggled with accuracy last season, ranking last in the league in completion rate (55.6%) and passer rating (69.7). His decision-making and accuracy had looked better this summer during training camp.

    Before his injury, Wilson was sharper in his second series, albeit against Philadelphia backups. He connected with tight end Tyler Conklin for 4 yards and then hit wide receiver Elijah Moore for 9 yards, finishing 3 for 5 for 23 yards and an interception.

    On the play in which he was hurt, a first down from the New York 42-yard line, Wilson faked a handoff to running back Michael Carter on a play-action pass play but was forced to scramble after defensive lineman Tarron Jackson beat right tackle Max Mitchell around the end.

    With Eagles first-round rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis in hot pursuit, Wilson tried to juke past linebacker Nakobe Dean but went down after being barely touched by Dean.

    Asked if Wilson should have run out of bounds, Saleh said, “One hundred percent.”

    Saleh stood nearby while trainers attended to Wilson.

    “He got a little greedy there,” Saleh said.

    Wilson was not available for comment.

    “He’s in good spirits, a little frustrated obviously,” Saleh said. “As good as you can be in this situation.”

    Saleh said he uttered “a lot of swear words” when Wilson went down. The Jets coach didn’t blame the injury on the turf, but mentioned it was new sod that he said was just laid down on July 29. He said the issue with new sod, which he said can be loose, is determining the proper cleats to wear.

    It’s the same knee that Wilson suffered a sprained PCL in Week 7 against New England last year. He was sidelined four games before returning and playing the rest of the season.

    “It sucks, obviously,” wide receiver Braxton Berrios said. “We’re hoping for the best.”

    The Jets also have 37-year-old quarterback Joe Flacco, but he was not in uniform for the game as a handful of veterans did not play in the preseason opener.

    “Joe is a phenomenal football player,” Saleh said. “He’s having a great camp.”

    Jets fourth-stringer Chris Streveler, a 2019 Grey Cup champion with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, threw two TD passes, including a go-ahead 5-yard toss to Calvin Jackson Jr. with 16 seconds left. Streveler, who previously spent time in the NFL with Arizona, Baltimore and Miami, had not taken a snap in offensive team drills in camp this summer before playing against Philadelphia.

    Unlike Wilson, Hurts got out of the game apparently unscathed — though he took a vicious helmet-to-helmet, out-of-bounds hit by linebacker Quincy Williams that left Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni livid.

    “Egregiously awful; he knows better,” Saleh said.

    Said Sirianni: “I was more mad at the situation, not Saleh.”

    Hurts popped right up after the play.

    “You definitely don’t want to take hits, especially late hits, but it happens,” Hurts said. “I’m healthy.”

    After making the playoffs in the first season under Sirianni last year, there is great hope in Philadelphia for more progress this season. The hottest topic in town is whether Hurts can elevate his game to a level that would allow the Eagles to make a deep playoff run.

    A second-round pick, Hurts is entering his third season and second as a full-time starter. He showed his dual-threat ability last season, passing for 3,144 yards and rushing for team-bests of 784 yards and 10 touchdowns. But he was 26th in completion rate (61.3 percent) and 22nd in passer rating (87.2), and his accuracy and arm strength have been targets for skeptics. An up-and-down training camp only has fueled the ire of Hurts’ doubters.

    But Hurts came out firing on all cylinders in his first opportunity to show his progress in a live games after an offseason full of work, hitting wide receiver Quez Watkins for 28 yards down the right sideline on the game’s first play. He connected with his next four passes before finishing a perfect passing drive with a 22-yard touchdown strike to tight end Dallas Goedert.

    “We talk about the importance of explosive plays and we came out of the gate with an explosive play,” Hurts said. That can get a drive going.”

    Hurts looked impressive without even targeting his new No. 1 receiver, A.J. Brown, whom the Eagles acquired in a draft-day trade with the Tennessee Titans and promptly signed to a four-year deal with $57 million guaranteed.

    Hurts’ lone drive wasn’t without concern, though, as he was leveled with a hard hit from Williams despite being clearly out of bounds after scrambling for no gain. Williams was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and Sirianni tore off his headset and screamed toward the Jets bench while standing nearly 20 yards on the field.

    Philadelphia’s opening drive wasn’t a good sign for a revamped Jets defense that finished 2021 last in total defense and scoring defense, 30th in pass defense and 29th against the run. New York made several additions to bolster its defense, including selecting cornerback Sauce Gardner No. 4 overall and defensive lineman Jermaine Johnson No. 26 in the first round of this year’s draft. But the Jets defense put up little resistance to Hurts and the Eagles.

    SANDERS SOLID

    Eagles RB Miles Sanders caught two Hurts passes for 20 total yards during the opening drive. Pass receiving is an area of improvement for Sanders, who is in the final season of a four-year deal. He has rushed for 2,439 yards and nine touchdowns in 40 games.

    COLE, DOUGLAS TABBED

    Former Eagles defensive linemen Trent Cole and Hugh Douglas will be inducted into the club’s hall of fame on Nov. 27 when they host the Green Bay Packers, the team announced. Cole had 85½ sacks in 10 seasons with the Eagles, and Douglas had 54½ in six years.

    TRAINER’S ROOM

    Jets: OL Conor McDermott (left ankle sprain) is out 1 to 2 weeks. ... RT Mekhi Becton was sidelined after suffering a knee injury in practice that is expected to cost him the season. Becton, a 2020 first-round pick, missed all but the first game last season after dislocating his right kneecap and suffering cartilage damage in the opener.

    Eagles: C Jason Kelce had elbow surgery earlier this week, and his streak of starting 122 consecutive regular-season games could be in jeopardy when the season opens. Rookie Cam Jurgens took Kelce’s place. ... Starting offensive linemen Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard played the first series after missing practices recently because of concussions. ... Running backs Boston Scott (concussion) and Kenneth Gainwell (hip) didn’t play. … G Landon Dickerson (sore foot) didn’t play and was replaced by Sua Opeta. … WR Greg Ward (toe), DT Javon Hargrave (toe sprain) and S Jaquiski Tartt (personal reasons) were out.

    UP NEXT

    Jets: Host the Atlanta Falcons in the second of their three preseason games on Aug. 22 in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 11 against Baltimore.

    Eagles: At the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 21 in the second of three preseason games to get ready for the season opener on Sept. 11 at Detroit.

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    Arizona 36, Cincinnati 23
    8/12/22

    Arizona

    9

    14

    13

    0

    36

    Cincinnati

    0

    9

    0

    14

    23

    First Quarter

    Ari_Baccellia 4 pass from McSorley (kick failed), 11:08. Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 3:52. Key Plays: Benjamin kick return to Arizona 20; McSorley 12 run. Arizona 6, Cincinnati 0.

    Ari_FG Prater 27, 1:48. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards, 3:57. Key Plays: McSorley 30 pass to Dortch; McSorley 21 pass to Ward. Arizona 9, Cincinnati 0.

    Second Quarter

    Cin_FG McPherson 23, 13:37. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 3:11. Key Plays: Browning 36 pass to Taylor; Browning 13 pass to Taylor; Browning 23 pass to Pryor; Browning 10 pass to Taylor on 3rd-and-15. Arizona 9, Cincinnati 3.

    Cin_FG McPherson 58, 9:49. Drive: 7 plays, 21 yards, 2:44. Key Play: Browning 7 pass to Moss on 3rd-and-2. Arizona 9, Cincinnati 6.

    Ari_Ward 1 run (Prater kick), 6:33. Drive: 3 plays, 21 yards, 1:07. Key Play: McSorley 15 pass to Bolden. Arizona 16, Cincinnati 6.

    Cin_FG McPherson 56, 3:58. Drive: 7 plays, 25 yards, 2:35. Key Play: Evans kick return to Cincinnati 37. Arizona 16, Cincinnati 9.

    Ari_Ward 1 run (Prater kick), 1:29. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 2:29. Key Plays: McSorley 13 pass to Seikovits; McSorley 36 pass to Isabella on 3rd-and-6; McSorley 16 run on 3rd-and-5. Arizona 23, Cincinnati 9.

    Third Quarter

    Ari_Kirklin 5 pass from Guarantano (kick failed), 10:50. Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards, 2:33. Key Play: Guarantano 10 pass to Ingram on 3rd-and-1. Arizona 29, Cincinnati 9.

    Ari_Ingram 1 run (Prater kick), 2:40. Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 5:47. Key Plays: Ingram 2 run on 3rd-and-1; Guarantano 16 pass to Yelder; Ingram 11 run. Arizona 36, Cincinnati 9.

    Fourth Quarter

    Cin_Patrick 1 run (McPherson kick), 7:33. Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 4:05. Key Plays: Browning 31 pass to Patrick; Browning 8 run on 3rd-and-5. Arizona 36, Cincinnati 16.

    Cin_Pryor 25 pass from Plitt (McPherson kick), 1:14. Drive: 11 plays, 94 yards, 4:43. Key Plays: Patrick 7 run on 3rd-and-1; Plitt 30 pass to Pryor; Plitt 6 pass to S.Washington on 3rd-and-2. Arizona 36, Cincinnati 23.

    A_60,760.

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    Ari

    Cin

    FIRST DOWNS

    23

    16

    Rushing

    9

    4

    Passing

    11

    11

    Penalty

    3

    1

    THIRD DOWN EFF

    6-11

    8-16

    FOURTH DOWN EFF

    0-0

    0-0

    TOTAL NET YARDS

    310

    339

    Total Plays

    63

    64

    Avg Gain

    4.9

    5.3

    NET YARDS RUSHING

    112

    62

    Rushes

    28

    28

    Avg per rush

    4.0

    2.214

    NET YARDS PASSING

    198

    277

    Sacked-Yds lost

    3-19

    3-18

    Gross-Yds passing

    217

    295

    Completed-Att.

    20-32

    22-33

    Had Intercepted

    0

    0

    Yards-Pass Play

    5.657

    7.694

    KICKOFFS-EndZone-TB

    7-6-4

    6-4-4

    PUNTS-Avg.

    4-50.0

    5-47.0

    Punts blocked

    0

    0

    FGs-PATs blocked

    0-0

    0-0

    TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE

    127

    89

    Punt Returns

    5-89

    2-4

    Kickoff Returns

    2-38

    3-85

    Interceptions

    0-0

    0-0

    PENALTIES-Yds

    2-20

    11-104

    FUMBLES-Lost

    1-0

    4-1

    TIME OF POSSESSION

    27:47

    32:13

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    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING_Arizona, McSorley 4-32, Ingram 7-27, Ward 6-15, Benjamin 5-14, Guarantano 4-10, Pledger 1-8, Bolden 1-6. Cincinnati, Patrick 9-30, Browning 4-14, T.Williams 6-14, Plitt 1-7, Evans 8-(minus 3).

    PASSING_Arizona, McSorley 13-22-0-163, Guarantano 7-10-0-54. Cincinnati, Browning 13-24-0-190, Plitt 6-6-0-76, Allen 3-3-0-29.

    RECEIVING_Arizona, Isabella 4-57, Dortch 4-53, Ward 2-26, Ingram 2-18, Yelder 2-18, Ateman 2-8, Bolden 1-15, Seikovits 1-13, Kirklin 1-5, Baccellia 1-4. Cincinnati, Pryor 4-89, Taylor 4-74, Moss 3-29, Patrick 2-39, Washington 2-19, Irwin 2-13, Sorenson 2-6, T.Williams 1-12, Evans 1-9, Lassiter 1-5.

    PUNT RETURNS_Arizona, Dortch 5-89. Cincinnati, Lassiter 1-4, P.Williams 1-0.

    KICKOFF RETURNS_Arizona, Bolden 1-20, Benjamin 1-18. Cincinnati, Lassiter 2-44, Evans 1-41.

    TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS_Arizona, Whittaker 7-0-0, M.Jones 4-1-0, Niemann 3-3-0, Ledbetter 3-0-0, Ringo 3-0-0, Wiggins 2-3-0, Dimukeje 2-1-2, Borders 2-1-0, Jackson 2-1-0, Wilson 2-1-0, Lawrence 2-0-0, Luketa 2-0-0, Turner 1-2-0, Daley 1-1-0, Lemonier 1-0-1, Davis 1-0-0, Sanders 1-0-0, Walker 1-0-0, Washington 1-0-0, Collins 0-1-0, Hamilton 0-1-0, Woods 0-1-0. Cincinnati, Johnston 4-0-0, K.Jones 3-2-0, Scales 3-1-0, Davis-Gaither 3-0-0, Henderson 3-0-0, D.Davis 2-3-.5, Carter 2-2-0, Anderson 2-1-0, Daramy-Swaray 2-0-0, J.Davis 2-0-0, George 2-0-0, Radley-Hiles 2-0-0, Mic.Thomas 1-2-0, Johnson 1-1-.5, Spence 1-1-.5, Bailey 1-1-0, C.Sample 1-1-0, Gunter 1-0-1, D.Hill 1-0-0, Tisdale 1-0-0, Hicks 0-1-.5, Hood 0-1-0, Wells 0-1-0.

    INTERCEPTIONS_Arizona, None. Cincinnati, None.

    MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

    ___

    OFFICIALS_Referee Craig Wrolstad, Ump Steve Woods, HL Jim Mello, LJ Tripp Sutter, FJ Jeff Shears, SJ Jeff Lamberth, BJ Grantis Bell, Replay Kevin Stine.

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