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Patriots-Packers preseason game ended early after injury to Isaiah Bolden – The Denver Post

By The Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — New England’s preseason game with the Green Bay Packers was called off early Saturday night after Patriots rookie cornerback Isaiah Bolden was carted off the field in the fourth quarter.

Bolden, a seventh-round pick from Jackson State, appeared to collide with teammate Calvin Munson while attempting to make a hit on a pass completion to Green Bay’s Malik Heath. As medical officials treated Bolden, both teams left their respective sidelines and got on the field, with some players getting on one knee.

After Bolden was carted off the field, the teams conferred and decided not to continue the game. The game stopped with the Patriots leading 21-17 with 10:29 left in the fourth quarter. Both teams are 1-1.

Before Bolden’s injury, New England’s Mac Jones made his first appearance of the preseason before Bailey Zappe took over and rallied the Patriots to the lead.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes saw his first extended action of the preseason, throwing for 105 yards and a touchdown and Kansas City rolled past Arizona.

The reigning MVP for the defending Super Bowl champs completed 10 of 15 passes, playing the entire first quarter.

The Chiefs’ first-team offense wasn’t very crisp during its first two drives, fighting through a few dropped passes and penalties. But Kansas City found the end zone on its third try when Mahomes rolled out to his right and hit Justin Watson for an 18-yard touchdown strike and a 7-0 lead.

Rookie receiver Rashee Rice — a second-round pick out of SMU — caught eight passes for 96 yards.

Kansas City (1-1) is expected to be among the NFL’s best teams again this year, while Arizona (1-1) is a popular pick to be among the worst. Franchise quarterback Kyler Murray is likely out for the first several weeks of the season while he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last year.


HOUSTON (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw an interception on his first play of the preseason for Miami against Houston. His second drive went much better.

Playing in his first game since sustaining a concussion on Christmas Day, Tagovailoa led a 14-play, 93-yard drive — capped by a 2-yard scoring run by Raheem Mostert — to give the Dolphins an early lead in a 28-3 victory.

Tagovailoa sat down after that, ending his day 5 of 7 for 61 yards for the Dolphins (1-1).

Houston rookie C.J. Stroud was much sharper than he was in his NFL debut last week when he had a pass picked off on his first possession and finished with 13 yards passing on two drives. Playing the entire first half Saturday, the second overall pick was 7 of 12 for 60 yards and helped the Texans (1-1) to a field goal.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Baker Mayfield might have won Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback job without even taking a snap in the Buccaneers’ preseason victory over New York.

Mayfield was held out and remained on the sideline during Tampa Bay’s second preseason game — a possible sign he has moved ahead of Kyle Trask in the competition to open the season under center.

Trask, listed with Mayfield as the starter on the Buccaneers’ unofficial depth chart, led two scoring drives that gave Tampa Bay (1-1) a 10-6 halftime lead.

The third-year quarterback went 16 of 23 for 122 yards, including a 33-yard TD toss to rookie Trey Palmer, in the first half. But he had to re-enter the game with 1:03 left in the third quarter when third-stringer John Wolford was carted off the field and taken to the hospital with a neck injury.

Zach Wilson started for New York (1-2) and played the first half as he continues to get work in the preseason as the backup to Aaron Rodgers.

49ERS 21, BRONCOS 20

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brock Purdy and Russell Wilson led their teams to field goals on their only drives of the game and San Francisco beat Denver on a field goal by rookie Jake Moody on the final play.

Moody, drafted in the third round, bounced back after missing two field goals last week and an extra point earlier in the game to convert the 32-yarder after Trey Lance drove the Niners down the field in the closing minutes.

Lance overcame an interception on his first drive to throw a 22-yard TD pass to Cameron Latu and then two big passes to Ronnie Bell to set up the winning kick. Lance finished 12 for 18 for 173 yards. Purdy got his first game action since injuring his elbow in the NFC title game loss at Philadelphia.

San Francisco improved to 1-1, and Denver fell to 0-2.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett guided a pair of quick touchdown drives in less than a quarter’s work and Pittsburgh breezed past sloppy Buffalo.

The second-year quarterback connected on a third-down pass during the first possession for Pittsburgh (2-0) to set up a 62-yard touchdown sprint by backup running back Jaylen Warren. Pickett then found Pat Freiermuth for a 25-yard score on the first snap after a 54-yard punt return by Calvin Austin.

The Bills (1-1) were not quite as crisp in safety Damar Hamlin’s return to his hometown. Hamlin received a warm ovation and exchanged hugs with several Steelers — including Pickett, a college teammate of Hamlin’s at Pitt — during the opening coin toss. Hamlin had three tackles in the first half as he continues his comeback from a near-death experience on the field in Cincinnati in January.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Malik Willis rushed for 91 yards and threw a touchdown pass while playing the entire game for Tennessee, and the Titans dominated at the line of scrimmage against Minnesota.

Rookie Tyjae Spears had a 33-yard touchdown run, Julius Chestnut rushed for 98 yards and a score and the Titans (1-1) racked up 281 yards on the ground to give resting star Derrick Henry a good show.

Willis, the 2022 third-round draft pick, has been competing with rookie Will Levis for the backup role to Ryan Tannehill. Levis was injured Thursday in a joint practice with the Vikings, giving Willis an extended opportunity.

Rookie DeWayne McBride had a touchdown run and Greg Joseph made all three of his field goal tries for the Vikings (0-2), who didn’t play a single starter.


DETROIT (AP) — C.J. Beathard threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Parker Washington late in the first half and Jacksonville beat Detroit.

Beathard filled in for Trevor Lawrence as most of the starters for both teams watched the preseason game to avoid injuries.

Beathard, a backup in his sixth NFL season, was 12 of 20 for 138 yards. He threw an interception along with the touchdown pass to Washington that put Jacksonville (2-0) ahead 12-0.

Teddy Bridgewater was shaky in his first action for Detroit (1-1). Bridgewater, signed this month to be Jared Goff’s backup, was sacked on his first snap and completed 5 of 11 passes for just 34 yards.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sam Ehlinger directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and Jake Funk’s late 4-yard TD run lifted Indianapolis past Chicago.

Neither of the two feature attractions — Bears quarterback Justin Fields or Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson — played. The two coaches — Chicago’s Matt Eberflus and Indianapolis’ Shane Steichen — also opted against using most key players after the teams held two joint practices this week.

But Gardner Minshew and Ehlinger, the Colts’ backup quarterbacks, and Tyson Bagent, Chicago’s undrafted rookie, all played well. Both teams are 1-1.

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