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    Jacoby Brissett has jumped ahead of Deshaun Watson on Cleveland’s depth chart. Maybe for a while. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Brissett will take the majority of snaps with Cleveland’s first-team offense starting Sunday. It's a move necessitated by Watson’s pending suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy for sexual misconduct allegations. Watson made his debut with the Browns by starting Friday’s exhibition win over Jacksonville. He has been the No. 1 quarterback throughout training camp. But he’s going to miss at least the first six regular-season games so the Browns need to get Brissett ready for the Sept. 11 opener at Carolina.

      Sam Darnold threw a touchdown pass during the Carolina Panthers' 23-21 preseason-opening victory at the Washington Commanders to give him a highlight in the quarterback competition against Baker Mayfield. Darnold completed two of three passes for 16 yards. Mayfield was solid aside from a fumbled snap. He finished 4 of 7 for 45 yards. Darnold and Mayfield have been competing for the starting job since the start of training camp. Carson Wentz has no such competition in Washington. Wentz was 10 of 13 in his debut that coincided with the organization's first game known as the Commanders.

        The Tennessee Titans swapped out a couple of players, signing defensive back Deante Burton and tight end David Wells. The Titans also waived defensive back Terrell Bonds and wide receiver Brandon Lewis. Burton came into the NFL as a wide receiver when he joined Atlanta in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State. He has played 11 career games with Atlanta, Houston and Dallas. The Titans are the seventh team for Wells who went undrafted out of San Diego State in 2018 before starting his NFL career with Dallas.

          Cleveland Browns starting center Nick Harris will likely need season-ending surgery after injuring his right knee on the second play of the exhibition opener against Jacksonville. Coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t provide details on Harris’ injury or test results. Harris got hurt while dropping back into pass coverage on Friday. Stefanski praised Ethan Pocic for stepping into the role after Harris left the game. He also would not comment on whether the team would consider bringing back JC Tretter.

            A person with knowledge of the injury says New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a bone bruise and meniscus tear in his right knee. The person told The Associated Press the timeline for how long Wilson is sidelined will be determined by an arthroscopic procedure to repair the meniscus, pending a second medical opinion. Tests after the game indicated the ACL was intact and an MRI on Saturday morning revealed the exact nature of the injury. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced details. The New York Post first reported details of the diagnosis.

              Trey Lance flashed his big arm in a brief preseason stint for San Francisco with a 76-yard TD pass to speedy rookie Danny Gray that helped the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 28-21. Lance played just two series in the game but that was enough to show why the Niners made the decision to transition from Jimmy Garoppolo to Lance at quarterback. Lance finished 4 for 5 for 92 yards, a TD and a perfect 158.3 rating. Jordan Love threw three interceptions to go along with two TD passes in one half for Green Bay with starter Aaron Rodgers resting.

              Jonathan Ward ran for two touchdowns and the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Bengals 36-23 in a sloppy preseason opener that included few starters for either team. Ward plunged in for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the second quarter. Trace McSorley and Jarrett Guarantano, in competition to be the third-string quarterback, shared the snaps for the Cardinals. The Bengals suffered a loss early in the game when Brandon Allen, who backed up Joe Burrow last season, went out with a concussion after the first series.

              Deshaun Watson’s apologized before his preseason debut with the Cleveland Browns and then got an earful from opposing fans. Watson apologized “to all the women I have impacted” after being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. He spoke before the team’s exhibition opener, a 24-13 victory against the Jaguars in which Watson was roundly booed during three series of work. Fans in one end zone could be heard chanting vulgarities at Watson during his first drive. The three-time Pro Bowler completed 1 of 5 passes for 7 yards in his first game action since Jan. 3, 2021, with Houston.

              New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson injured his right knee in the first quarter of Friday night’s 24-21 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. After going back to pass with 4:29 left in the period, Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his right for 7 yards, but went down after the play. He appeared to injure his knee when planting to cut on Philadelphia’s grass field. After being checked by trainers, Wilson limped to the sideline on his own power before heading to the locker room.

              Rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jared Bernhardt with 1:30 left to give the Atlanta Falcons a 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions on Friday. The Lions took a 23-20 lead on Riley Patterson’s 28-yard field goal with 5:57 to play, then forced Atlanta into a three-and-out. Detroit quarterback David Blough, though, fumbled at his 33 with 2:00 left. Facing fourth-and-9 from the 21 with 1:37 left, Atlanta coach Arthur Smith decided to avoid preseason overtime. Ridder dodged two pass rushers and Bernhardt fought off Cedric Boswell’s coverage attempt to make the catch just inside the end zone.

              Len Dawson, the 87-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title, has entered hospice care in Kansas City. KMBC-TV, the Kansas City station where Dawson began his broadcasting career in 1966, confirmed Dawson is in hospice care through his wife, Linda. The MVP of the Chiefs’ 23-7 Super Bowl victory over Minnesota in January 1970, Dawson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2012. In addition to his work at KMBC where he was the station’s first sports anchor, Dawson was a game analyst for NBC and the Chiefs’ radio network and hosted HBO’s “Inside the NFL” show.

              Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has apologized “to all the women I have impacted” after he was accused of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions in Texas. Watson is facing a potential year-long suspension. He spoke before Cleveland’s exhibition opener in Jacksonville, his first game since Jan. 3, 2021, with the Houston Texans. Watson was suspended six games by independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson, who concluded he violated the league’s personal conduct policy and lacked remorse. Watson acknowledged he's made mistakes and that there are decisions he would like to have back.

              New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson injured his right knee in the first quarter in Friday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. After going back to pass, Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his right for 7 yards, but went down after the play. He appeared to injure his knee when planting to cut on Philadelphia’s grass field. After being checked by trainers, Wilson limped to the sideline on his own power before heading to the locker room.


              Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19 and won't play in the team’s first preseason game. Coach Kevin O’Connell confirmed the diagnosis at practice. Cousins was absent for a second straight day after feeling ill and being sent home. Cousins has “very minimal” symptoms, according to O’Connell. Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond will split time in the exhibition Sunday at Las Vegas. Cousins was unlikely to play much if at all if he wasn’t sick. There are no other quarterbacks on the roster.

              The Patriots used their first exhibition outing on Thursday night to evaluate the new faces on their roster with most of their starters watching from the sideline after being given the night off. After struggling to find productive contributors via the draft in recent years, the top two picks of the Patriots' 2022 rookie class seem poised to end that streak. Left guard Cole Strange and receiver Tyquan Thornton had solid debuts during New England’s 23-21 loss to the New York Giants, a positive sign for an offense that is still evolving after former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ offseason departure.

              One of the biggest surprises of the first two weeks of the New York Giants’ training camp has been the running game. Saquon Barkley is once again close to returning to his top form. The ACL injury is almost two years removed and the No. 2 pick overall in the 2018 draft is running with conviction and confidence. The running game has shown depth and it has a line to run behind. New York ran for 177 yards on 33 carries in its 23-21 preseason win over the Patriots on Thursday night in Brian Daboll’s debut as head coach.

              The Tennessee Titans have a competition for the job backing up Ryan Tannehill. They also want to see rookie Malik Willis throwing more. Coach Mike Vrabel pulled Willis two plays into their first drive of the third quarter after the quarterback scrambled instead of throwing in a 23-10 loss Thursday night to Baltimore. Willis showed off his legs running for a touchdown. He also had a 48-yard pass play. Vrabel said Friday they wanted Willis to throw and the rookie didn't. Vrabel says he's sure Willis will rip it the next time he has a chance.

              Bobby Wagner is still getting used to the fact he’s now working with Sean McVay, not against him. After five years of trying to shut down McVay’s offense two or three times per season for the Seattle Seahawks, Wagner is now making the Los Angeles Rams better. The Rams signed the 32-year-old Wagner to be the game-changing inside linebacker they’ve decidedly lacked in recent years. But they also signed the six-time All-Pro for the impact he’ll have across the organization, and the signs are already showing.

              Ken Dorsey has the self-awareness to appreciate the role of being a first-time offensive coordinator taking over a high-powered Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills offense. Dorsey laughs while saying there's some pent-up angst he likes to release in constantly pacing the sidelines between calling plays during practice. The 41-year-old is accustomed to the challenges of being in and sharing the spotlight since college. He went 38-2 in quarterbacking a star-studded Miami Hurricanes team that won the 2001 season national championship. Dorsey is also familiar with Buffalo, having spent the previous three years as the team's quarterbacks coach before being promoted after Brian Daboll was hired to coach the New York Giants.

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