Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Both rookie QBs throw TDs in duel

LANDOVER, Md. — Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III impressed Saturday as the Redskins beat the Colts 30-17 in a preseason matchup of the top picks of April's draft.

Both played one series into the third. Luck, the No. 1 pick for the Colts, went 14-of-23 for 151 yards and a touchdown. Griffin went 11-of-17 for 74 yards and a touchdown.

"I haven't had any overall bad performances," Griffin said. "I thought (Luck) did a good job out there as well."

Barring Super Bowl runs, the pair's first encounter that counts won't come until the 2014 regular season. But the comparisons will continue.

"It's not something you can just push away or put aside," Griffin said. "It's going to be there for our entire careers."

Luck didn't give himself as high marks as Griffin did.

"I'm not happy," he said. "But I realize a preseason game is a chance to learn."

On his touchdown, Luck stepped up in the pocket to avoid the rush then put a ball down the left side into the arms of fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton for a 31-yarder. It capped an 80-yard drive.

Griffin responded on the next drive, which also went 80 yards. He took a high and wide shotgun snap, drifted to the right and found Santana Moss for a 4-yard score.

Through three games, Griffin is 20-of-31 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

"He keeps on getting better and better," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said; "more comfortable with the system, with what we're trying to do."

Luck is 40-of-64 for 514 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Saturday, he also was sacked twice.

Said coach Chuck Pagano: "We've got to keep him clean."

More Colts: Starting corner Jerraud Powers left the game with a sprained knee. His status has not been determined.

Ex-USF star out

JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars and former USF defensive end George Selvie will miss 2-3 weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained knee. Selvie, who entered training camp atop the depth chart, was hurt Thursday against the Ravens.

More Jaguars: Two starters, left tackle Eugene Monroe and linebacker Daryl Smith, returned to practice and are set to play Thursday against the Falcons. Monroe missed two games after sustaining a concussion in practice but passed a concussion test Friday. Smith has missed all three games with a groin injury.

Three lions hurt: Detroit starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, starting cornerback Chris Houston and reserve running back Kevin Smith left the game at the Raiders with injuries. Stafford's left (nonthrowing) hand was hit after a pass. It's not known how Houston (leg) and Smith (right ankle) were hurt. The status of all three is unknown.

Dolphins: Tight end Les Brown, a former college basketball player who was prominently featured in HBO's Hard Knocks, was released.

Jets: Receiver and kick returner Dexter Jackson, a second-round pick of the Bucs in 2008, was released.

Raiders: Kicker Sebastian Janikowski left the game against the Lions after straining his groin while making a tackle on a kickoff. His status is unknown.

Ravens: Rookie and former Florida State linebacker Nigel Carr was fined $15,750 for a hit to the head of Lions quarterback Shaun Hill on Aug. 17.

Steelers: Rookie right guard David DeCastro, the 24th overall pick, was carted off the field after hurting his right knee while pass protecting at Buffalo. His status is unknown.

Vikings: Former USF receiver A.J. Love was released.

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