Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Luck leads Colts' rout of Jags

JACKSONVILLE — Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck ran for two touchdowns as the Colts won their fourth straight, 27-10 over the Jaguars on Thursday. Jacksonville has lost six straight since beating Indianapolis on a last-minute touchdown in Week 3.

Luck went 18-of-26 for 227 yards and an interception. He led the Colts to scores on their first two drives. His first touchdown came from 5 yards and made it 10-0.

His second came on a fourth-and-1 sneak. It prompted Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey to throw his play sheet as he ran onto the field arguing for a replay review. He was assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The drive was set up by the Colts winning a challenge on a fumble by receiver Laurent Robinson.

It was a microcosm of another abysmal half for the Jaguars.

They lost two challenges. Several Blaine Gabbert passes were dropped. A false start forced Jacksonville to settle for a field goal. Josh Scobee missed a 44-yard field goal try that would have given him a team-record 21 straight makes.

Jacksonville appeared to intercept Luck on the first play of the ensuing series. But it was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty.

Darius Butler made it 24-3 early in the third with an 11-yard interception return. The cornerback recovered a fumble in the second quarter that led to a score.

Gabbert went 18-of-31 for 209 yards before leaving in the fourth when he aggravated his left (nonthrowing) shoulder injury. Chad Henne entered and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts.

Lions star receiver says he has nerve injury

DETROIT — Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said he has been dealing with an arm nerve injury sustained on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway on Sept. 30.

"It was kind of messing up my grip a little," said Johnson, who has one touchdown catch. "I think that the concussion could have had something to do with some of that damage I had going on."

Thursday was the second time Johnson said he sustained a concussion on the hit. Coach Jim Schwartz said after that game and Thursday that Johnson did not sustain a concussion. He missed only a few plays after the hit.

Johnson did not practice Thursday because of an undisclosed knee injury but expects to play Sunday against the Vikings.

Bears: Cornerback Charles Tillman said he will play against the Titans on Sunday night after learning his wife is scheduled to give birth to a girl Monday.

Bills: Starting defensive end Chris Kelsay left practice early with what the team called only a neck injury.

Eagles: Running back LeSean McCoy missed practice with an undisclosed illness but was expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys.

Falcons: Starting linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss his second straight game with a sprained right ankle.

Patriots: Tight end Aaron Hernandez practiced for the second straight day, but the former Gator will be a game-time decision for Sunday against the Bills because of an ankle injury that has kept him out of five games this season.

Raiders: Defensive tackle Richard Seymour missed his second straight practice due to a hamstring injury and is questionable for Sunday against the Ravens.

Vikings: Receiver and former Gator Percy Harvin did not practice for a second straight day because of an ankle injury.

Suh the dirtiest: For the second straight season, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was named the league's dirtiest player in a Sporting News poll. Among 103 players, Suh got 32 votes, 13 more than Dolphins guard Richie Incognito.

Blackout: The Bengals failed to sell 85 percent of their nonpremium seats, meaning Sunday's game against the Giants will not air on local TV.

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