Saturday’s roundup: Cobb hurt in Pack’s loss to Eagles
Green Bay, Wis. — Injuries are piling up in the preseason for the Green Bay Packers. Receiver Randall Cobb was the latest star to get hurt.
The Philadelphia Eagles keep piling on the points.
Shaking off rust, quarterback Sam Bradford was 10-of-10 for 121 yards and three touchdowns in his most extensive action in exhibition play, and the Eagles (3-0) stayed perfect in the preseason with a 39-26 win on Saturday night over the Packers.
Acquired in the offseason from St. Louis, Bradford is coming back from tearing his ACL twice in a 10-month span while with the Rams. He kept coach Chip Kelly’s offense humming against the Packers’ first-team defense.
Any doubts about Bradford’s health appeared to be answered to Kelly.
“I didn’t have any doubts on Sam, so I’m not concerned what people outside think,” he said.
Bradford led three drives before giving way to backup Mark Sanchez in the second quarter.
Cobb didn’t make it nearly that long.
He left with a shoulder injury after landing hard on his right side while trying to catch a pass near the sideline on the first series for the Packers (1-2). Cobb said a defender landed on top of him.
He is the second starting wideout to get hurt for the Packers in preseason action. Jordy Nelson was lost for the season with a right knee injury last Sunday against Pittsburgh.
But it doesn’t appear that Packers coach Mike McCarthy is nearly as worried about Cobb as he was when Nelson tore his ACL.
“We thought it could’ve been collarbone or something; it’s not. So, fortunately enough, there’s a silver lining in it,” Cobb said.
More tests are planned during the team’s day off on Sunday, but Cobb said he didn’t think this was a serious injury. The Packers would be in deep trouble if they lost Cobb for any length of time.
“It felt like a bad dream in that situation, having Jordy go down last week and then three plays in this series,” Cobb said.
(At) Cincinnati 21, Chicago 10: Andy Dalton sneaked in for a touchdown on Cincinnati’s opening drive, then came out of the game as a precaution with a sore neck.
The Bengals (2-1) were looking for a lot more out of their starting offense after a three-turnover performance during a loss at Tampa Bay. Dalton threw two interceptions in that one.
He completed all six of his passes during a 16-play, 77-yard drive that consumed 9 minutes, 11 seconds. Dalton finished it with a sneak from inside the 1-yard line, and was kept on the sideline after that because his neck hurt.
Bengals quarterbacks completed their first 13 passes against the Bears (2-1), who again failed to get a touchdown out of their starting offense. Chicago’s offense has managed five field goals and no touchdowns in the preseason.
Indianapolis 24, (at) St. Louis 14: Andrew Luck threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason, helping the Colts get off to a fast start.
Nick Foles got his first TD pass in Week 3, too, hitting Chris Givens in stride on a 44-yard play in the second quarter for the Rams (0-3).
Adam Vinatieri had a big day for the Colts (1-2), hitting field goals on the first and last possessions of the half, plus his successful onside kick led to Andre Johnson’s 32-yard reception for a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Then he put it out of reach with a 55-yarder with 2:53 left.
Clayton Geathers recovered the onside kick and Luck hit Johnson five plays later, capitalizing on busted coverage in the middle.
(At) Denver 19, San Francisco 12: Peyton Manning failed to get the Broncos into the end zone in seven possessions, but Denver rode its stifling defense and good ground game.
All that rest has turned into rust for Manning, who was doomed by protection problems and an interception in the end zone one week after penalties and dropped passes kept him from finding any rhythm.
Manning was 14-for-21 for 124 yards and was sacked three times, twice by linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
Manning isn’t expected to play against Arizona next week, meaning he’ll head into the regular season having directed just two scoring drives — both of them field goals — in 11 possessions this preseason.
Seattle 16, (at) San Diego 15: Steven Hauschka kicked a 60-yard field goal with 16 seconds left. Hauschka had missed a 58-yard attempt with 3:46 remaining. His winning kick, from midfield, barely cleared the crossbar. He also made field goals of 40 and 27 yards.
Nick Novak, competing for a job with rookie Josh Lambo, kicked a 52-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to give San Diego a 15-13 lead.
Novak also made a 32-yarder goal in the first quarter. The Chargers (2-1) brought in Lambo because Novak struggled on kickoffs last year. Lambo kicked a winning 47-yarder as time expired at Arizona a week earlier, as well as field goals of 53 and 43 yards. Lambo had a 28-yard field goal against the Seahawks (1-2).
The Chargers had a scary moment when franchise quarterback Philip Rivers hit his throwing hand on a defender’s hand late in the second quarter. Rivers then threw an incompletion in the end zone on third down and headed into the locker room early with a trainer.
Washington 31, (at) Baltimore 13: Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) filled in capably for injured quarterback Robert Griffin III, throwing for 190 yards and a fluke touchdown.
With Griffin sidelined by a concussion, Cousins went 20 for 27 for 190 yards with an interception to help Washington take a 14-13 halftime lead. His second TD pass of the preseason came on a deflection plucked out of the air and carried into the end zone by Jamison Crowder.
Colt McCoy started the third quarter for Washington (3-0) and produced touchdowns on his first two drives, although both scores came against Ravens reserves and the last march covered only 20 yards following an interception.
McCoy completed 10 of 12 passes for 95 yards and two TDs, both to Rashad Ross.
Griffin’s availability for the Sept. 13 opener against Miami is uncertain. Baltimore (1-2) lost its second straight.
(At) Buffalo 43, Pittsburgh 19: Bills quarterback EJ Manuel made his case to reclaim the starting job by going 7-of-8 for 170 yards and two touchdowns in an exhibition.
Getting his turn to start in Buffalo’s offseason-long three-way quarterback competition, Manuel hit Charles Clay for a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He re-entered the game for two-plus series in the third quarter, and hit Tobias Palmer for a 37-yard touchdown as Buffalo improved to 2-1.
For Pittsburgh (1-3), Michael Vick hit Martavis Bryant for a 63-yard completion on his first snap from scrimmage after taking over for starter Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter. It was Vick’s debut with the Steelers, who signed the 35-year-old after backup Bruce Gradkowski sustained a season-ending left hand injury last week.
Vick finished 4-of-5 for 116 yards and was sacked once in two series.
Cleveland 31, (at) Tampa Bay 7: Josh McCown finished two long drives with touchdown passes to outplay rookie Jameis Winston.
Back in half-filled Raymond James Stadium and facing the team that released him to clear the way to select Winston No. 1 overall in this year’s draft, McCown completed 17 of 23 passes for 117 yards. He showed why the Browns (1-2) think the 36-year-old quarterback can help them contend for a playoff berth.
Winston, meanwhile, struggled in his third preseason start. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner was 6 of 15 for 90 yards, threw one interception and was sacked four times before leaving after one series in the third quarter.
Minnesota 28, (at) Dallas 14: Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes even as Dez Bryant again sat out for the Cowboys, and Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater was perfect in the Vikings’ win.
Bridgewater completed all seven of his passes for 76 yards and finally found a connection with his new receiver. Mike Wallace had three catches for 50 yards, including a 39-yard grab.
Cordarrelle Patterson had a 107-yard kickoff return for Minnesota.
Romo, who completed one pass for minus-1 yard in his only series while Dallas lost its first two preseason games, was 5-of-8 for 88 yards in his five series. Both TDs were in the second quarter, with a 60-yard catch-and-run by Terrance Williams.
Dallas led 14-10 when Romo threw his final pass, an 8-yard TD to Lucky Whitehead.
Bryant has dealt with a strained hamstring throughout camp and hasn’t played since signing his new $70 million, five-year contract in mid-July.
(At) Miami 13, Atlanta 9: Ryan Tannehill threw for 145 yards in less than a half despite working behind a makeshift offensive line.
Miami center Mike Pouncey left in the first half because of a knee injury, leaving the Dolphins (1-2) with only two starting offensive linemen at their regular positions. Pouncey limped to the locker room shortly before halftime and didn’t return.
Tannehill went 15-for-19 for 145 yards and a touchdown before leaving shortly before halftime with Miami leading 7-3. His scoring pass covered 2 yards to Rishard Matthews.
In three exhibition games, Tannehill is 33-for-41 for 303 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
While Tannehill wasn’t touched, counterpart Matt Ryan was sacked three times in four series.
N.Y. Jets 28, N.Y. Giants 18: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and Antonio Cromartie scored on a 59-yard interception return in the waning seconds of the first half.
After struggling in place of the injured Geno Smith in the first two preseason games, Fitzpatrick hit 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards. He threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker and added a 24-yarder on a screen pass to Zac Stacy as the Jets (2-1) showed balance on offense.
Rashad Jennings scored on a 1-yard run for the Giants (1-2), whose first-team offense has produced 10 points in 12 preseason possessions. Eli Manning (12 of 16 for 90 yards) was having a good half until Cromartie stepped in front of James Jones and scored with 6 seconds left in the half.
The Falcons agreed to a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension with wide receiver Julio Jones
The two-time Pro Bowler caught 104 passes for 1,536 yards and six touchdowns last season.
... Washington left tackle Trent Williams agreed to terms on a new five-year contract that comes with $32 million in guaranteed money.