Monday, February 19, 2018
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Jaguar escorted from field

JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was led off the field after an argument with Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll during a 27-3 loss to the Dolphins on Friday.

Blackmon, already suspended for four regular-season games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, is recovering from groin surgery. He was on the sideline in street clothes when the two argued. It was unclear what prompted the incident.

Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley got involved. And Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew stepped in, calmed Blackmon and escorted him to the locker room.

"That's not what we want on the sideline," Bradley said. "That's not who we are or what we want to become."

On the field, Ryan Tannehill hit Dustin Keller for a 22-yard touchdown for Miami. Tannehill, the No. 8 overall pick in 2012, went 5-of-9 for 75 yards a week after struggling against Dallas. The Jaguars' Blaine Gabbert, the No. 10 overall pick in 2011, was 5-of-10 for 19 yards and an interception.

Patriots 31, Eagles 22: Michael Vick went 4-of-5 for 94 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown, for the host Eagles. Nick Foles, the other contender to start, lost a fumble on his second play then went 5-of-6 for 43 yards. Tom Brady led 80-yard touchdown drives on both of his series for the Patriots. Former Florida Gator Tim Tebow made his Patriots debut after Ryan Mallett left with a head injury late in the first half. Tebow was 4-of-12 for 55 yards and ran four times for 31 yards.

Lions 26, Jets 17: Mark Sanchez threw an interception returned for a touchdown on his first series for the visiting Jets. He recovered to finish 10-of-13 for 125 yards and a touchdown. His competition to start, Geno Smith, left with a right leg injury. The second-round pick was 6-of-7 for 47 yards.

Panthers 24, Bears 17: The visiting Bears committed three turnovers — including Jay Cutler's interception on the first play — allowed seven sacks and managed only a field goal over the first three quarters in Marc Trestman's coaching debut.

Burress surgery: Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress will have right shoulder surgery Monday for what espn.com reported is a torn rotator cuff. Burress, 35, could miss the entire season. He landed on the shoulder while trying to catch a pass Thursday.

Manuel to start: Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, the No. 16 overall pick out of Florida State in April, will start Sunday against the Colts. Kevin Kolb, his competition to start, will be the emergency QB as he recovers from a left knee injury.

Browns: Right guard Shawn Lauvao, who has made 32 consecutive starts, had arthroscopic ankle surgery and won't be ready for the regular season.

Colts: Linebacker and former FSU standout Bjoern Werner, the 24th overall pick in April, missed practice with a sore knee. His status for Sunday against the Bills hasn't been determined.

Rams: Starting right tackle Rodger Saffold is out up to two weeks with a dislocated left shoulder sustained Thursday against Cleveland.

Hernandez case: Tanya Cummings-Singelton, a cousin of Aaron Hernandez, has been jailed since Aug. 1 for refusing to testify before the grand jury investigating the death for which the ex-Patriots tight end is accused. Prosecutors believe she bought a bus ticket for Ernest Wallace, who is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

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