Tim Tebow gets a warm greeting from Eagles fans in exhibition

Tim Tebow gets a warm greeting from Eagles fans in exhibition
Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow scrambles from Colts nose tackle Zach Kerr in the second half of a preseason game Sunday in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Tim Tebow got a warm Philly welcome.

Tebow threw for 69 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first game in two years, Kenjon Barner returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the visiting Indianapolis Colts, 36-10, in an exhibition Sunday.


Tebow got a standing ovation when he entered midway through the third quarter and the crowd roared so loud when his name was introduced he had to quiet them down because he was taking the snap in a shotgun.

"It's very humbling, a blessing. I appreciated it," Tebow said.

Tebow completed his first four passes and fans chanted "Tebow! Tebow!" during his first series.

He dove into the pylon on a seven-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 yards rushing on four carries. He completed six of 12 passes and was sacked twice.

"I liked how Timmy threw it," Eagles Coach Chip Kelly said.

Tebow hadn't played since the 2013 preseason with New England until the Eagles signed him to compete with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 spot behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Barkley completed 12 of 20 passes for 192 yards and one interception.

"Did some things decent and some things we have to work on," Tebow said. "I have to be more consistent."

Quarterback Andrew Luck was five for six for 43 yards for the Colts.

Jets upset with Smith

The New York Jets flagged Geno Smith for a false start.

Smith was photographed by the New York Post playing catch with a friend outside his New Jersey apartment Saturday, two days after the quarterback had jaw surgery. Smith had plates and screws inserted into the jaw, which was broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Tuesday.

The newspaper published a front-page image of Smith, his face swollen with black bandages on each cheek.

"He shouldn't be doing it right now," Jets Coach Todd Bowles said. "We handled that internally. We had that discussion."

Bowles also added that the matter "wasn't that big of a deal."


Smith is expected to be sidelined six to 10 weeks after being slugged by Enemkpali, who was released shortly after the incident and claimed on waivers by Buffalo.


Buffalo Bills Coach Rex Ryan said defensive tackle Jarius Wynn could be lost for the season after a serious ligament injury suffered Friday Carolina. Wynn played 11 games for the Bills last season, picking up two sacks and 17 tackles. ... Cleveland Browns third-string quarterback Connor Shaw will undergo surgery on his right thumb and be out for an indefinite period. He injured his thumb during the second half of Thursday's exhibition opener against Washington. ... Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater returned to practice after being taken off the non-football illness list. He practiced for the first time this summer after missing more than two weeks with an undisclosed illness. Streater missed the final 13 games last season with a broken foot.