EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Andrew Luck threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts responded to criticism by owner Jim Irsay with a 20-12 exhibition victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Irsay used Twitter to apologize to fans for the Colts’ abysmal showing in a 44-20 loss to Buffalo last week, and the Colts (1-1) improved markedly, with some help from the bubbling and suddenly injury-concerned Giants (1-1).
New York wide receiver Victor Cruz (bruised heel) and starting center David Baas (sprained knee) left the game and the Giants did little on offense.
Not seeing much pressure, Luck threw touchdown passes of 28 yards to Reggie Wayne and 18 to T.Y. Hilton in leading the Colts to 17 points. Adam Vinatieri added a 52-yard field goal as Indianapolis scored on three consecutive series.
Backup kicker Brandon McManus added a 50-yard field goal in the second half.
New York’s Josh Brown kicked field goals of 25, 27 and 45 yards in the first half. The last one came after Giants coach Tom Coughlin was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the previous play for coming down the sideline and yelling at the side judge for a supposed non-call. Brown added a 47-yard field goal with 8:43 to play to close out the scoring.
Peterson will play this week: EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adrian Peterson will make his preseason debut for the Minnesota Vikings this week against the San Francisco 49ers.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says his plan is to get the reigning NFL MVP some playing time after sitting Peterson during the first two exhibition games. Frazier would not elaborate on how much he will play his star running back.
Peterson’s presence should be a huge boon to the Vikings’ starting offense, which has looked ragged in the first two weeks.
It will be the first preseason action in two years for Peterson. He missed all of the exhibition season last year while working his way back from torn ligaments in his left knee. He went on to rush for 2,097 yards last season, the second-highest total in league history.
Jets’ Coples out indefinitely: NEW YORK — Rex Ryan and the New York Jets will be without one of their key defensive players for a while.
Linebacker Quinton Coples, the team’s sacks leader last season as a rookie, is out indefinitely with an ankle injury that will require surgery.
The Jets announced Sunday night that Coples, injured in the team’s 37-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night, will have a “medical procedure” on his right ankle Tuesday and miss the remainder of the preseason.
The team did not announce the nature of the injury, but it is believed to be a hairline fracture. That could keep him out for at least the regular-season opener at home against Tampa Bay on Sept. 8.
Coples was hurt late in the second quarter when he batted down a pass by Chad Henne and landed awkwardly. Ryan actually challenged the call, thinking it might have been a forced fumble and recovery by Coples, but officials upheld their initial decision that it was an incomplete pass.
Coples limped off the field after the play and was immediately examined by team trainers on the sideline. After a few minutes, Coples walked along the sideline before being taken to the locker room — without a sock or cleat on — for further tests.
The loss of Coples, even for just a few weeks, is a major blow for Ryan’s defense which is counting on a big season from their first-round pick last year. Coples, out of North Carolina, had a team-high 5 1/2 sacks a year ago while lining up primarily at defensive end.
Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman were planning on having Coples play outside linebacker and occasionally slide into his old defensive line spot — a transition that Coples was still working on this preseason. His speed and size — 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds — make him a valuable and versatile piece of a defensive unit expected to be much faster than previous years.
Antwan Barnes, signed in the offseason from San Diego, and Ricky Sapp will likely fill in for Coples.
NOTES: The Jets resume training camp practices Monday at their facility in Florham Park, N.J., after spending the first three weeks at SUNY Cortland. ... The team surprised former DT Marty Lyons by announcing during the game Saturday that he would be the newest inductee to the Jets’ Ring of Honor. Lyons, who works as an analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts, will be honored at halftime of the Jets’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 13. Lyons was a first-round pick in 1979 and played his entire career with the Jets before retiring after the 1989 season.
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