The Jets’ quarterback picture got even murkier despite winning the annual bragging rights game with the Giants.
Billy Cundiff kicked a 32-yard field goal with 8:04 left in overtime and the Jets defeated the Giants, 24-21, Saturday night in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,N.J. It’s the only time the rivals will play this season unless they qualify for the cold-weather Super Bowl here in February.
The way the Jets and Giants played Saturday, it’s highly unlikely.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith struggled, then Mark Sanchez seemingly hurt his right shoulder, and his status is suddenly in question two weeks before the season opener.
The Jets’ quarterback situation has been the No. 1 question mark for Rex Ryan’s team since training camp opened. The seriousness of Sanchez’s injury was not immediately known, and Smith didn’t look ready — the rookie quarterback threw three interceptions and stepped out of the end zone trying to elude pressure.
Matt Simms, the son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, looked good in mop-up action. He was 6 of 10 for 120 yards, hooking up with Ryan Spadola on a 70-yard pass play to set up the winning field goal.
Cundiff’s first attempt from 40 yards missed, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin had called time out. The Jets ran two plays and Cundiff was good the second time.
Sanchez, the Jets’ starter since 2009, was hurt after replacing Smith (16 of 30 for 199 yards) in the fourth quarter. He was hit by defensive tackle Marvin Austin shortly after throwing a pass.
Sanchez (5 of 6 for 72 yards and a lost fumble) tried to throw a practice pass on the sideline, but he shook his head after making one short toss.
Earlier in the game, Giants safety Stevie Brown sprained his left knee on an interception and had to be helped off the field. Brown, who led the team with eight interceptions last season, could not put weight on his leg. The Giants also lost backup cornerback Jayron Hosley with a sprained ankle.
Jets guard Vladimir Ducasse was taken to the locker room in the first half with what appeared to be an injury to his right foot or leg.
Kolb suffers head injury
Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb left Buffalo’s 30-7 loss to Washington in Landover, Md., with concussion-like symptoms after getting kneed in the back of the helmet.
Kolb started for the Bills after first-round pick EJ Manuel hurt his left knee in their previous game. Kolb was kneed after a scramble in the first quarter, leaving undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel as Buffalo’s only healthy quarterback. Tuel completed 10 of 17 passes for 63 yards.
Kolb suffered a concussion when he was Arizona’s quarterback in 2011.
A person familiar with the Bills’ plans confirmed that quarterbacks Matt Leinart and John Beck will have workouts this week.
Washington quarterback Rex Grossman was effective in place of Robert Griffin III (knee surgery) and Kirk Cousins (sprained foot).
Also in the game, Redskins punt returner Richard Crawford suffered a left knee injury and will miss the season.
Samuel hurts thigh
Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel injured his thigh in Atlanta’s 27-16 loss at Tennessee. Rookie Robert Alford replaced Samuel, the former Patriot entering his 11th NFL season . . . Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, and the Indianapolis defense did not allow a touchdown for the second straight week as the host Colts beat Cleveland, 27-6 . . . Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles ran seven times for 10 yards in his first game after spraining his right foot earlier this month, and the Chiefs beat the Steelers, 26-20, in overtime in Pittsburgh . . . The Panthers waived 11 players, including injured receiver Kealoha Pilares. Pilares, a fifth-round pick in 2011, caught only two passes with Carolina.