CHICAGO — Chad Henne passed for 130 yards and a touchdown, and Blake Bortles threw for 160 in relief before backup quarterback Jordan Palmer rallied the Chicago Bears to a 20-19 preseason victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.
Palmer, trying to beat out Jimmy Clausen for the No. 2 job, led Chicago to two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Senorise Perry scored on a 5-yard run with 50 seconds left, and C.J. Wilson intercepted a pass to seal the win after Henne and Bortles picked the Bears apart.
Jared Allen made his first appearance for Chicago. The star offseason acquisition finished with one tackle for a loss on an otherwise quiet night. He sat out last week’s preseason-opening win over Philadelphia after he missed practices because his wife had a baby.
Henne showed mobility in the pocket and completed 12 of 17 passes before leaving with a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.
HOYER TO START AT QUARTERBACK: In Cleveland, Brian Hoyer has held off Johnny Manziel for at least another week.
Browns coach Mike Pettine has chosen Hoyer to start at quarterback ahead of Manziel in Cleveland’s second exhibition game Monday night at Washington against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins.
Pettine’s decision is somewhat surprising since he has stated the quarterback competition is “open” and Hoyer started the preseason opener last week at Detroit.
Pettine has said the two quarterbacks will share the snaps with Cleveland’s first-team offense against the Redskins.
“It’s just something right now where we are comfortable with Brian going out there to start the game,” Pettine said Thursday. “I think it’s a little overblown as to who the starter is going to be.”
OLB Abraham arrives at training camp: In Glendale, Ariz., after missing the first two weeks for undisclosed personal reasons, John Abraham has arrived at Arizona Cardinals training camp.
Coach Bruce Arians said Abraham underwent a physical Thursday morning and would work with the team’s training staff in the afternoon.
The 36-year-old outside linebacker was arrested in suburban Atlanta in late June on a drunken driving charge. Last week, in a statement released by the team, he apologized to his family, friends, the Cardinals and his fans.
He said that he was taking steps to deal with his “personal business.”
Flynn, Tolzien in tight competition at backup QB: In Green Bay, Wis., a day after Mike McCarthy confirmed Aaron Rodgers would make his delayed 2014 debut, the Green Bay coach wasn’t ready to say who would follow at quarterback when the Packers play a preseason game at St. Louis.
With the team off the field Thursday, McCarthy said a decision on who gets the first opportunity to run the offense after Rodgers against the Rams won’t be made until after practice Friday.
Former LSU standout Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien received significant playing time with Rodgers held out of last weekend’s game.
Flynn made the start and played most of the first half in the Packers’ 20-16 loss at Tennessee on a rainy Saturday night. But Tolzien put up better stats when he had his chance in the challenging weather conditions and may have earned an extended look.
Florida charges dropped against Rams’ Dunbar: In Miami, prosecutors in Miami have dropped battery and disorderly conduct charges against St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar in a fight outside a South Beach nightclub.
Dunbar attorney Howard Srebnick said Thursday that prosecutors told a judge that the case will not be pursued.
The 29-year-old Dunbar was signed in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College by the New Orleans Saints and has played for the Rams since 2012.
trademark decision on team name APPEALED: In Ashburn, Va., the Washington Redskins on Thursday formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the franchise’s attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.
The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and that it “points out the many errors” in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Veteran TE Ben Hartsock release: In Foxborough, Mass., the New England Patriots have released Ben Hartsock four days after signing the tight end.
The 10-year veteran spent the past three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He previously played for the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets.