New coach Dan Campbell feels Detroit Lions making progress despite preseason loss to Indianapolis Colts
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — The Indianapolis Colts’ depth chart at quarterback took another hit.
Rookie Sam Ehlinger was knocked out of the preseason finale with a knee injury in a 27-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Friday night.
With Carson Wentz recovering from foot surgery, Ehlinger is competing with second-year quarterback Jacob Eason to possibly take the first snap in two weeks when the season opens.
Ehlinger was hurt in the first half after he was 3 for 3 for 63 yards, including a 60-yard pass after escaping a sack, and had a 14-yard run. Eason was 10 of 14 for 74 yards.
To keep Eason healthy for Week 1, the Colts let 28-year-old Brett Hundley finish the game under center and he took full advantage.
Hundley threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Deon Jackson and the rookie running back rushed for a tying, 2-point conversion. A few snaps later, linebacker Curtis Bolton intercepted David Blough’s pass to set up Rodrigo Blankenship’s 42-yard field goal — his fourth of the game — that put Indy ahead 20-17.
Detroit fell to 0-3 under first-year coach Dan Campbell.
“I’m encouraged — I am,” Campbell said. “Do we still have work to do? Yeah. A lot of work to do, but we have time. The hardest thing is to have urgency and patience at the same time. I don’t know how you do that, but I’m working on it.”
The Lions looked like they might win the preseason game when they led 14-6 late in the first quarter on Tim Boyle’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Quintez Cephus and Godwin Igwebuike’s 1-yard run for a score.
Detroit’s defense, which was one of the worst in NFL history last season, failed to stop Indy’s fourth-string QB to get the win.
Both teams are banking on a veteran quarterback to bounce back this season and each was rested in the preseason finale.