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In Tebow debut, Eagles fans roar

Tim Tebow, left, talks with ex-UF and new Eagles teammate Riley Cooper.
Tim Tebow, left, talks with ex-UF and new Eagles teammate Riley Cooper.
Published Aug. 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Tim Tebow got a warm Philly welcome.

The former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida threw for 69 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first game in two years as the Eagles beat the Colts 36-10 Sunday in the preseason. Kenjon Barner returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and ran for a score for Philadelphia.

Tebow, who spent last season as a TV analyst when he was unable to land a spot on an NFL roster, got a standing ovation when he entered midway through the third quarter. The crowd roared so loudly when his name was introduced that he had to quiet it down because he was taking the snap in a shotgun.

"It's very humbling, a blessing. I appreciated it," he said.

Tebow dived into the pylon on a 7-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was 6-of-12 passing.

"I liked how Timmy threw it," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said.

Mark Sanchez started and struggled in two series as new acquisition and projected starter Sam Bradford watched in shorts and a T-shirt.

Jets QB jumps gun

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets flagged Geno Smith for a false start.

The New York Post photographed Smith 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 Tuesday by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali.

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," Jets coach Todd Bowles said Sunday. "We handled that internally. We had that discussion." Bowles also added the matter "wasn't that big of a deal."

Smith told the Post he felt "great" and had a message for Jets fans: "Get ready for me to come back."

He is expected to miss 6-10 weeks after being slugged by Enemkpali, who was released shortly after the incident and claimed on waivers by Buffalo.

Meanwhile, after Sunday's practice in which two skirmishes broke out, Bowles ordered his players to run five penalty gassers — one sideline to the other, and back — and followed it up with a huddle at midfield.

"We understand that we can talk mess and we can jaw at each other," Bowles said after practice. "As long as the hits are clean, we're fine. But we've got to take care of each other at the same time."

Bills: Coach Rex Ryan says defensive tackle Jarius Wynn could be lost for the season after a serious ACL injury, sustained in Friday's preseason opener against Carolina.

Browns: Third-string quarterback Connor Shaw will have surgery on his right thumb and be out for an indefinite period.