The Associated Press
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Josh Allen passed for 297 yards while scoring for four touchdowns, Von Miller had two of Buffalo’s seven sacks, and the Bills established themselves as a clear contender for the Rams’ Super Bowl crown with a 31 win -10 over Los Angeles Thursday night.
Gabe Davis, Isaiah McKenzie and Stefon Diggs caught TD passes as two-time defending AFC East champion Bills opened the NFL’s 103rd season by overcoming four turnovers and running away with a blowout win in the same stadium where the Rams won the Super Bowl nearly seven months ago.
Allen went 26 for 31 despite two interceptions. He also rushed for 56 yards, rushing for a 4-yard TD when he stretched the ball over the line with 13:27 left. The star quarterback took his share of hits, but he also dished them out and showed a mean stiff arm as Buffalo’s offense under new coordinator Ken Dorsey largely outplayed the champions.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard looks like his old self in practice.
Whether the three-time All-Pro gets the chance to show fans what he can do on Sunday in Houston remains a mystery.
Leonard acknowledged Thursday that he was feeling better as he racked up practice time even as the Colts expressed caution about one of their key players for the season opener.
“We will make sure we make the right decision” Leonard said before practice. “I don’t want to go out there and hurt the team. So if I’m ready to rock ‘n’ roll, I’ll be ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
Leonard has been struggling with an ankle injury since his rookie season. He underwent off-season surgery before last season and in June underwent back surgery to ease the lingering pain.
The result: Leonard hasn’t worked with his teammates since January’s season finale until he was activated from the physically unable to perform roster last week.
Since then, Leonard has been listed as a full participant in every Colts practice, although the team’s biggest concern is whether he can play his usual ball-peddling role for four quarters.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Thursday to two counts of misdemeanor possession of an assault weapon and was sentenced to one year probation and 40 hours works of general interest.
Clark is due back in court early next year when he will have to show proof that he has served his sentence.
The three-time Pro Bowl passer was arrested in March 2021, when he was arrested while riding with another man in a vehicle without a license plate. An officer noticed a weapon in the car and recovered two loaded firearms.
Three months later, Clark was arrested for a code violation and officers discovered another firearm in his vehicle.
Clark, 29, is coming off a disappointing season in which he collected 4¢ sacks, his lowest total since his rookie season. He has 88 tackles and 18¢ sacks in 40 regular season games at Kansas City.
New York Jets
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The New York Jets are already without their starting quarterback. They could also be without their left tackle.
Duane Brown did not practice for a second straight day Thursday with a shoulder problem, seriously questioning his availability for Sunday’s season opener against Baltimore.
Coach Robert Saleh said shortly before practice that Brown was not at the facility because he was having his shoulder assessed. He had no other immediate details.
The injury concerns came a day after Saleh announced quarterback Zach Wilson would not return until the Jets’ game in Pittsburgh on Oct. 2 at the earliest as he recovers from a bone bruise and injury. a torn meniscus in the right knee. Joe Flacco starts Sunday in place of Wilson.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers star tight end George Kittle missed his second straight practice with a groin injury, leaving his status for the season opener against the Chicago Bears uncertain.
Kittle injured his groin during a light practice Monday and was unable to return to the court for the first two major practices before Sunday’s opener in Chicago.