Thursday, August 7, 2014

QBs solid, Ivory injured during Jets preseason opener


The New York Jets already have one injured running back on the sidelines in Bilal Powell. Now, they may temporarily be without thumper Chris Ivory.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Ivory left Thursday night's preseason matchup against the Indianapolis Colts with a rib injury and will not return.

The 26-year-old had seven carries for 17 yards prior to leaving the game, and no word has been issued yet on the severity of his condition.

On the whole, Gang Green's first-team offense had a fair showing against Indy's defense. Sophomore Geno Smith went 4-for-6 for 33 yards in his time on the field, while veteran Michael Vick went 3-for-6 for 17 yards. Both signal-callers showed off their abilities on the ground as well, as Vick tallied three carries for 19 yards and Smith tossed in a 10-yard scramble of his own.

Defensively, New York's squad struggled a bit on their opening drive, giving up a 3rd-and-11 conversion early on and allowing Andrew Luck and the Colts offense to settle in and drive the field. Luck was able to take his crew down to the five yard line, though a botched snap on third down kept them out of the end zone.

Nick Folk connected on a 51-yard field goal toward the end of the first quarter to put the Jets on the board, and the two teams traded touchdowns in the second to finish the half tied at 10. Running back Chris Johnson, who had only four carries for two yards, made one of those yards count with a goal line rush to notch the team's first touchdown of the season.

Other first half game notes:

- Luck and backup Matt Hasselbeck combined to complete 14 of 20 pass attempts against New York for 167 yards and a touchdown (Hasselbeck to Herron).

- Jets newcomer Eric Decker had two completions for 12 yards, and would have had another one on the books if it weren't for a false start penalty at the line of scrimmage by wide receiver David Nelson.

- Linebacker David Harris put in a strong showing, snagging a bunch of tackles and tallying a tackle for a loss. He, as well as defensive tackle T.J. Barnes, each nabbed a sack by the end of the third quarter.

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