Sunday's roundup: Tebow gets warm Philly welcome
Philadelphia — Tim Tebow got a warm Philly welcome.
Tebow threw for 69 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first game in two years, Kenjon Barner returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-10 Sunday.
Tebow got a standing ovation when he entered midway through the third quarter and the crowd roared so loud when his name was introduced he had to quiet them down because he was taking the snap in a shotgun.
“It’s very humbling, a blessing. I appreciated it,” Tebow said.
Tebow completed his first four passes and fans chanted “Tebow! Tebow!” during his first series.
He dove into the pylon on a 7-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 yards rushing on four carries. He completed 6 of 12 passes and was sacked twice.
“I liked how Timmy threw it,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said.
Tebow hadn’t played since the 2013 preseason with New England until the Eagles (1-0) signed him to compete with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 spot behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Barkley was 12 of 20 for 192 yards and one interception.
“Did some things decent and some things we have to work on,” Tebow said. “I have to be more consistent.”
Quarterback Andrew Luck was 5 of 6 for 43 yards for the Colts (0-1).
The Jets flagged Geno Smith for a false start.
Smith was photographed by the New York Post playing catch with a friend outside his New Jersey apartment Saturday, two days after the quarterback had jaw surgery. Smith had plates and screws inserted into the jaw, which was broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Tuesday.
The newspaper published a front-page image of Smith, his face swollen with black bandages on each cheek.
“He shouldn’t be doing it right now,” coach Todd Bowles said. “We handled that internally. We had that discussion.”
Bowles also added that the matter “wasn’t that big of a deal.”
Smith is expected to be sidelined 6-10 weeks after being slugged by Enemkpali, who was released shortly after the incident and claimed on waivers by Buffalo.
Smith was released from the hospital Friday, and met with the Jets’ doctors and trainers at the team’s facility on Sunday.
“He just got surgery, so you don’t want him getting infected,” Bowles said. “They said he couldn’t do anything physical, so I’m going by the rules of what they said.”
The team announced that Smith is not yet ready to be at the facility on a full-time basis attending meetings and watching practice.
“That’s up to the doctors,” Bowles said. “Hopefully, soon.”
The Post spoke briefly to Smith, who said he felt “great” and had a message for Jets fans: “Get ready for me to come back.”