Peyton Manning got intercepted near the goal line on the game's opening possession and watched from the sideline the rest of the night as the Denver Broncos beat the Chicago Bears 31-3 in the preseason opener on Thursday.
All eyes were on Manning, and the results were mixed for the four-time MVP. Considering he missed all of last season with a nerve injury in his neck that weakened his throwing arm and led to his tearful farewell from the Indianapolis Colts, it was hardly a surprise.
Manning is trying to show he still has something left with Denver (No. 10 in the AP Pro32), and on a cool and rainy night, he completed 4 of 7 passes for 44 yards.
Eastin breaks on-field gender barrier
Shannon Eastin has become the first woman to officiate an NFL game.
Eastin broke the NFL's on-field gender barrier Thursday night, serving as the line judge for a seven-man crew working a preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers.
Wearing No. 27 on the back of her official's uniform, Eastin was dwarfed by the players as she lined up in front of San Diego's sideline and had a camera following nearly every move before the game.
The 42-year-old from Tempe, Ariz., seemed at ease in the spotlight, though, and had at least two players shake her hand right before the opening kickoff.
She's a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, college football's second-highest level, and a 16-year veteran of officiating. Eastin got her NFL shot as a replacement official, among a group taking the place of the regular refs, who are locked out.
And now, she'll have a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Well, at least her cap will; the one she wore Thursday night is headed to Canton.
Around the league
Browns • Running back Trent Richardson won't play in Cleveland's first preseason game. The team, though, hopes the heralded rookie will be able to rebound from left knee surgery in time for the season opener.
"We anticipate that Trent will make a speedy recovery, and we are hopeful that he will be ready for our Week 1 game against Philadelphia," coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday in a statement issued by the team.
Richardson, the quick and powerful running back drafted No. 3 overall, underwent what the Browns termed "routine arthroscopic" surgery by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., as expected.
Eagles • Michael Vick escaped injury after banging his left thumb on center Jason Kelce's helmet, and took a seat on the bench after the offense went three-and-out in his only two drives. Vick got hurt on his final throw and was wincing in pain when he came off the field. X-rays on Vick's thumb were negative.
Panthers • Coach Ron Rivera says three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason is not expected to play in Saturday night's preseason home opener against the Houston Texans after injuring his left hamstring.
Jets • A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that left guard Matt Slauson has agreed to take a pay cut, reducing his salary by about $258,000 this season. Slauson's entire salary of $1.05 million for this season is now guaranteed.
• Washington 7, Buffalo 6
Philadelphia 24, • Pittsburgh 23
• Baltimore 31, Atlanta 17
• New England 7, New Orleans 6
• San Diego 21, Green Bay 13
• Denver 31, Chicago 3
• Tampa Bay at Miami, 5:30 p.m.
• N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 5:30 p.m.
• N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m.
• Cleveland at Detroit, 5:30 p.m.
• Arizona at Kansas City, 6 p.m.
• Minnesota at San Francisco, 7 p.m.