Watson debuts for Browns; Wilson of the Jets injured in the right knee


Deshaun Watson apologized ahead of his preseason debut with the Cleveland Browns, then was well received by opposing fans.

Watson apologized Friday “to all the women I’ve touched” after she was accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions.

Potentially facing a one-year suspension, Watson has publicly expressed remorse and contrition for the first time since being accused of harassing or sexually assaulting women during therapy sessions in 2020 and 2021.

He spoke ahead of the team’s exhibition opener, a 24-13 win at Jacksonville (0-2) in which Watson was booed roundly for three sets of work. Fans in an end zone could be heard chanting vulgarities at Watson on his first ride.

The three-time Pro Bowler completed 1 of 5 passes for 7 yards in his first game action since Jan. 3, 2021 with Houston.

Jacksonville played most of its starters and looked considerably better than in last week’s Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.

Trevor Lawrence completed 6 of 12 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, a 9 yard to Evan Engram on a fourth down.

Jaguars running back Travis Etienne played for the first time since suffering a foot injury the previous preseason and went for 23 yards. He also had a 10-yard reception that set up a field goal.

The Jaguars have scored on each of their first three possessions.

JETS 24, EAGLES 21

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson injured his right knee in the first quarter of a preseason win over Philadelphia.

After coming back to pass with 4:29 left in the period, Wilson was kicked out of the pocket and climbed to his right for 7 yards, but fell after the play. He appeared to injure his knee while planting to cut on the Philadelphia grass field.

After being checked by coaches, Wilson limped to the sideline on his own before heading to the locker room.

After the game, Jets coach Robert Saleh said initial tests on Wilson showed the ACL “is supposed to be intact,” but the team is expecting an MRI on Saturday.

Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts looked sharp, completing his six pass attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown while playing just one series.

Jets fourth stringer Chris Streveler, a 2019 Gray Cup champion with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, threw two touchdown passes, including a 5-yard throw to Calvin Jackson Jr. with 16 seconds left. Streveler, who previously spent time in the NFL with Arizona, Baltimore and Miami, hadn’t participated in the team’s offensive drills at camp this summer before playing against Philadelphia.

Hurts came out firing on all cylinders in his first chance to show his progress in a live game after a hard-working offseason, hitting wide receiver Quez Watkins 28 yards on the right sideline on the first play of the match. He completed his next four passes before completing a perfect pass with a 22-yard touchdown strike against tight end Dallas Goedert.

49ERS 28, PACKERS 21

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Trey Lance showed off his big arm during a brief preseason stint for San Francisco with a 76-yard touchdown pass to speedy rookie Danny Gray that helped the 49ers beat Green Bay.

Lance only played two series in the game, but that was enough to show why the Niners made the decision to move from Jimmy Garoppolo to Lance at quarterback.

Lance delivered a perfect deep strike to Gray on San Francisco’s second possession and Gray ran the rest of the way for the score.

Lance went 4 of 5 for 92 yards, one touchdown and a perfect 158.3 rating. He ran it once for 7 meters.

The young Green Bay quarterback wasn’t as sharp on a night when both teams played just a handful of starters.

Jordan Love threw three interceptions to go along with two TD passes in a half with starter Aaron Rodgers out of the exhibition game.

Love found rookie Romeo Doubs on a 33-yard TD on Green Bay’s second drive, then connected on another 33-yard Danny Davis late in the half.

But he had three interceptions between those touchdowns, including one that came off tight end Tyler Davis. Love, who has thrown just 61 passes since being drafted in the first round in 2020, went 13 for 24 for 176 yards.

The teams then exchanged TD passes in the fourth quarter, with Danny Etling tossing a 22-yard TD to Amari Rodgers to give Green Bay a 21-20 lead and San Francisco responding with Brock Purdy’s 5-yard TD to Tanner Hudson.

CARDINALS 36, BENGALS 23

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jonathan Ward, trying to earn a spot in a crowded Arizona backfield, ran for two touchdowns and the Cardinals beat Cincinnati in a preseason opener that saw starters two teams watch from the sideline in street clothes.

Ward dove for a pair of one-yard touchdowns in the second quarter.

Trace McSorley and Jarrett Guarantano, competing to be the third-string quarterback, shared the snaps for the Cardinals. McSorley, who was signed midway through the 2021 season, threw for 163 yards and a touchdown to Andre Baccellia.

Guarantano, an undrafted free agent, was 7-for-10 for 54 yards and threw a short touchdown pass to Jontre Kirklin.

The Bengals lost Brandon Allen, who backed up Joe Burrow last season, early in the game with a concussion.

Evan McPherson picked up where he left off in his terrific rookie season, scoring 23, 58 and 56 yards for Cincinnati.

FALCON 27, LION 23

DETROIT (AP) — Rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jared Bernhardt with 1:30 left to give Atlanta a win over Detroit.

The Lions took a 23-20 lead on Riley Patterson’s 28-yard field goal with 5:57 left, then forced Atlanta to a three-and-out. Detroit quarterback David Blough, however, fumbled to his 33 with 2:00 left.

Facing fourth-and-9 of 21 with 1:37 to go, Atlanta coach Arthur Smith decided to avoid preseason overtime. Ridder dodged two passers and Bernhardt fended off Cedric Boswell’s cover attempt to catch just inside the end zone.

Ridder replaced Marcus Mariota after a practice and went 10 for 22 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 59 yards six times, as Atlanta rushed for 168 yards and just 139 passes.

Lions quarterbacks Tim Boyle and Blough, competing for the No. 2 spot behind Jared Goff, both struggled. Boyle was 9-for-16 for 111 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Blough was 18-for-28 for 141 yards but had a deflected and nearly intercepted pass in his own end zone with 3:42 left before his late fumble.

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