New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy after making his regular-season NFL debut. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)
New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland five seconds into the fourth quarter. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)
Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy got to play in a regular-season game for the first time in his two-year NFL career today and led the New York Jets to a come-from-behind 7-6 home win over Arizona.
McElroy entered the game in relief of struggling Mark Sanchez with 4:48 left in the third quarter. On McElroy’s second series, he quarterbacked a 10-play drive that ended in a touchdown. He rolled out to his right and threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Jeff Cumberland in the back of the end zone.
Sanchez had completed 10 for 21 for 97 yards and three interceptions when he left. The Jets trailed the Cardinals 3-0. McElroy finished 5 of 7 for 29 yards.
“It was fun. We were having a good time,” McElroy told reporters, according to newyorkjets.com. “It was exciting to get a shot and go in there. Fortunately, my teammates did a fantastic job executing.”
McElroy usually is the third-string quarterback, but he got the call over backup Tim Tebow, who was inactive as he recovers from two fractured ribs.
Jets fans chanted “Mc-El-Roy!” throughout the first three quarters as Sanchez failed to get any points for the Jets.
McElroy was a seventh-round pick last year, who missed all of the 2011 season with a thumb injury.
For Arizona on Sunday, former Alabama safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle.
In other games involving former Alabama players:
–Cleveland won two in a row for the first time this year, beating Oakland 20-17. Browns running back Trent Richardson had 72 yards on 20 carries. He scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter, giving him eight touchdowns for the season. In addition, he caught three passes for 23 yards.
–Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had two tackles, including a sack, in a 20-13 win over San Diego. For his sack, he brought down Philip Rivers for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick didn’t make any tackles and left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
For the Chargers, fullback Le’Ron McClain caught three passes for 16 yards.
–Linebacker Courtney Upshaw had four tackles in Baltimore’s 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh, while teammate Terrence Cody, a noseguard, added two tackles. Cody also deflected a pass.
–New England beat Miami 23-16 as the Patriots got three tackles from defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick and two from linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
–Defensive back Kareem Jackson had two tackles and two passes defended as the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 24-10.
–Kansas beat Carolina 27-21, and cornerback Javier Arenas had two tackles for the winners, plus a pass defended. He didn’t run back any punts.
–Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron had four tackles in a 31-23 loss to Denver.
–Tonight, Philadelphia (guard Evan Mathis and linebacker DeMeco Ryans) will face Dallas. Ex-Tide safety Charlie Peprah plays for the Cowboys but is out with a foot injury.
–On Thursday, wide receiver Julio Jones caught five passes for 48 yards as the Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints 23-13. For New Orleans, safety Roman Harper had five tackles, and running back Mark Ingram rushed six times for 13 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.
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