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He delivered with the perfect swing.The Bengals’ backup safety jarred the ball loose from Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle with less than 35 seconds left in the game. Fejedelem scooped up the loose ball and sprinted down the sideline to end Andrew Luck‘s comeback hopes with an 83-yard touchdown return to preserve the Bengals’ 34-23 victory.“Really lucky he just turned Isaiah Wynn Jerseys 2019 , presented his chest and I saw the ball,” Fejedelem said. “I just tried to get down there and do whatever I could. It just kind of popped and the rest is history.”It was an unlikely performance in the most unlikely circumstance.Fejedelem was pressed into service only after starting safety Shawn Williams became the first player this season to be ejected following a helmet-to-helmet hit on Luck.Fortunately for the Bengals, Fejedelem was ready for anything thrown his way.He entered the game with 25 tackles in his first two NFL seasons, but finished with 10 tackles Sunday and even seemed to choreograph the head-first dive to cap his first NFL score.The victory ended Cincinnati’s eight-game losing streak in Indy, gave the Bengals their fourth win in the past five openers and ended Luck’s last gasp chance of a comeback in his first regular-season start in more than 20 months.“It was relief at that point White Sony Michel Jerseys ,” Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton said after going 21 of 28 with 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. “Them driving the ball down there like that, I was nervous. Our guys made a great play. It’s a big play to end it.”How desperate were the Bengals?With Indy trailing 27-23, Luck took over with 3:52 to go and led the Colts to the Bengals 25.Indy then lost 5 yards on a pass on first down and faced third-and-15 after an incompletion on second down.Doyle caught Luck’s third down pass near the Bengals 15 and appeared to have twisted his way to a first down when he got stood up by one Bengals defender and Fejedelem knocked the ball loose before Doyle’s knee hit the ground.“I messed it up,” Doyle said. “It stings.”Luck was 39 of 53 for 319 yards Sony Michel Jerseys 2019 , two TD passes and an interception on his first official throw of the season — an underthrown pass to Doyle inside the Bengals 5.But Luck helped stake the Colts to a 23-10 lead midway through the third quarter.Then, just like last season, the Colts couldn’t close it out.Dalton cut the deficit to six with a 38-yard TD pass to A.J. Green and the Bengals retook the lead on Joe Mixon‘s leaping 1-yard scoring run with 11:07 left to play. Randy Bullock made it 27-23 with a 39-yard field goal with 3:57 to go.And then Fejedelem ended the Colts’ hopes with one crucial hit.“To make the strip and make the return is big,” coach Marvin Lewis said.NATIONAL ANTHEMThe Colts and Bengals both refrained from any player protests while the national anthem was sung. Neither team had any players stay in the locker room.INJURY REPORTBengals: Brown limped off the field late in the first half with an injured right ankle. Defensive tackle Andrew Billings also left with leg cramps late in the third quarter.Colts: Indy started the game without longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), projected right tackle Denzelle Good (knee/wrist) and running back Marlon Mack (hamstring). The Colts also lost cornerback Chris Milton in the second half after he entered the concussion protocol.UP NEXTBengals: Head home to host Baltimore on Thursday night.Colts: Begin a two-game road trip against the NFC East by visiting Washington next Sunday. Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to the team in August when the NFL reinstated him from the indefinite suspension he earned by violating the league’s substance abuse policy last season.It was the latest violation in a long series for Gordon Byron Cowart Jersey Boys , who has not spoken to reporters since returning to the team. That didn’t change on Friday, but Gordon did release a statement on social media that said he will not address last year’s suspension or any other past missteps when he does meet with the media.“Before the 2019 season starts, I would like to address an issue that arose toward the end of last season. It’s been well documented that I have battled substance abuse for quite some time. Unfortunately, I did not take the time to focus on a solution to my problem until this past year. I am eternally grateful for the constant support from the NFL, NFLPA and the Patriots organization. I also want to thank my family White Duke Dawson Jerseys , friends and all the fans who supported me while I addressed this issue. Going forward, I will not be discussing the details of my past. I plan to focus on the present and getting better every day. I hope people will judge me on what I do now and in the future. I look forward to being a member of the Patriots once again this season and doing my part by contributing on and off the field.”Gordon is expected to be in the lineup against the Steelers on Sunday night for his first regular season action since Week 15 of last season.


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