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Worst play in NFL history? Jets’ Marshall owns up to mistake

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Wide receiver Brandon Marshall had another big game for the New York Jets in a 24-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, when he collected 10 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Marshall is on pace to set franchise records with 124 catches and 1,456 yards. No Jets receiver has ever caught 100 passes in a season while only one wideout – Hall of Famer Don Maynard – has surpassed 1,400 yards in a season.

But Marshall also provided reminders of how he has worn out his welcome in three different cities thus far. In the first quarter, Marshall managed to fumble the ball backwards while being tackled following a short completion. The ball bounced out of bounds for an eight-yard loss.

In the fourth quarter, one of the Jets’ last hopes was extinguished when Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks out-hustled Marshall for an interception at the Philadelphia 32-yard-line.

Those plays paled in comparison, though, to the all-time head-scratcher authored by Marshall in the second quarter, when he tried to lateral to tight end Jeff Cumberland following a 15-yard gain. The ball never even got to Cumberland: First it bounced off linebacker Connor Barwin before it fell to the ground, where Hicks scooped it up. The Eagles scored seven plays later to extend their lead to 24-0.

At halftime, Marshall told Fox Sports sideline reporter Pam Oliver that his play was “…the worst play in NFL history.” He didn’t back down from that assessment after the game.

“That was probably the worst play in NFL history,” Marshall said. “You can’t do that. The damage outweighs the reward so much. I think we were down 17-0 at that point.

“I saw Cumberland sitting there. It was too late to do it. If I was going to do it, I should’ve done it a little earlier. But you can’t do that. That’s backyard football. It was a bonehead play.”

Alas, Marshall is prone to this. The second quarter snafu Sunday was reminiscent of Oct. 17, 2011, when Marshall – then playing with the Miami Dolphins – ran out of bounds without anyone touching him on what could have been a 65-yard touchdown catch. The Jets ended up winning that game, 24-6.

–For the third time in as many weeks, a knee injury suffered by a Jets player was not as bad as initially feared.

Veteran right guard Willie Colon left with a knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 24-17 loss. The concern the Jets felt for Colon, a 32-year-old with a history of knee woes, increased when he left MetLife Stadium on a cart.

But head coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Colon was diagnosed with a sprained MCL, which will sideline him for at least one week but won’t end his season. Brian Winters, a third-year player who lost the right guard competition to Colon in training camp, will start against the Miami Dolphins in London on Sunday.

–TE Jeff Cumberland (concussion) was injured in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Eagles. Head coach Todd Bowles said Cumberland is in the league’s concussion protocol. Bowles said the Jets would likely add a tight end if Cumberland is unable to play this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in London. Cumberland’s backup is Kellen Davis, a blocking specialist who hasn’t caught a pass since 2013.

–CB Darrelle Revis (groin, hamstring) missed the Jets’ final defensive series of Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Eagles. Revis was listed as questionable in the days leading up to the game due to a groin injury, but head coach Todd Bowles said Sunday that Revis exited due to a hamstring ailment. On Monday, Bowles said he expects Revis to be sore this week as the Jets prepare to face the Miami Dolphins in London on Sunday.


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