FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — This was not the return to the field that Cam Newton was hoping to make.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback left Thursday night’s 10-3 exhibition loss against New England in the first quarter with a foot injury that left him grimacing on the sideline.
The 2015 MVP was playing for the first time since Dec. 17, when the team shut him down for the last two games of the season because of shoulder fatigue that prevented him from throwing the ball downfield. He had arthroscopic surgery in January and did not play in the first two preseason games.
Newton appeared to be injured when he was sacked for a loss of 8 yards by Adam Butler on a third-and-10 from the Carolina 31. It was one of two Patriots sacks while Newton was in the game.
Newton was initially evaluated on the sideline and quickly accompanied to the locker room and did not return. He went 4 for 6 for 30 yards. Kyle Allen took over at quarterback in the second quarter.
The Panthers were pretty pedestrian on offense and went three-and-out in each of their first two series. Tom Brady finished his first exhibition game of 2019 by going 8-for-12 for 75 yards, including an 18-yard pass to tight end Ryan Izzo to set up the 1-yard touchdown plunge by James Develin in the second quarter. It was the starting offense’s final series.
Packers, Raiders short it out
The Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers played their preseason game in Canada on a shortened field out of concern for the safety of the players. The game in Winnipeg, Manitoba was played on an 80-yard field with the goal lines starting at the 10-yard lines and no kickoffs. Teams received the ball at their 15-yard line, which is located at the normal 25-yard line.
The NFL said the field passed inspection on Wednesday, but both teams had concerns about the condition of the end zones, where the goal posts for CFL games are usually located.
That led to the decision to shorten the field.
Both teams held out almost all of their starters with the Packers announcing that 33 players weren’t playing, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Raiders had been planning to sit quarterback Derek Carr and most starters even before the problems with the field.
- Defensive lineman Rashan Gary, the Packers’ first-round draft pick, was carted off the field with an undetermined injury.
Ravens, Eagles delayed
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The Baltimore Ravens game against the host Philadelphia Eagles was delayed because of lightning with 11:43 left in the fourth quarter. The Ravens were leading 26-15 in a game dominated by backup quarterbacks.
Trace McSorley started for the Ravens and tossed two touchdown passes and ran for a score and Josh McCown had two scoring passes in his first game after ending his brief retirement to join the Eagles.
Giants 25, Bengals 23
Daniel Jones completed a difficult week with an encouraging performance, leading New York to a touchdown during a victory over host Cincinnati in Zac Taylor’s first home game as head coach.
In a GQ article published Tuesday, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said he was stunned that the Giants drafted the quarterback from Duke in the first round. Mayfield tried to tamp down the comment and texted Jones to explain his remarks.
Jones got into the game on the Giants’ second series and went 9 of 11 for 141 yards the rest of the half. He had completions of 35 yards to Brittan Golden and 27 yards to Darius Slayton on a seven-play touchdown drive, a solid all-around showing for Eli Manning’s eventual replacement.
Manning led an opening 15-play series that ended in a field goal and included five plays that gained at least 9 yards. Manning was 4 of 8 for 41 yards. In three preseason games, Manning is 9 of 13 for 86 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
Golden had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Giants pulled away.
Redskins 19, Falcons 7Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins led Washington to three second-half scoring drives, including two set up by host Atlanta’s lost fumbles while attempting to field punts, and the Redskins prevailed. Case Keenum played the first half at quarterback and lost a fumble which helped the Falcons lead 7-6 at halftime.
Haskins, the first-round draft pick from Ohio State, completed 7 of 13 passes for 74 yards in the second half. Colt McCoy, Washington’s third contestant in the quarterback competition, is still recovering from a broken right leg suffered in 2018.
Washington running back Derrius Guice ran for 44 yards in his first game since a knee injury in the 2018 preseason ended his rookie season.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan played the full first half in his most extended playing time of the preseason and completed 9 of 14 pass for 74 yards.