INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis sports and civic leaders are expected to announce they will seek to host the Super Bowl in 2018.
Gov. Mike Pence, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Colts owner Jim Irsay plan to join other civic leaders in announcing their bid decision today at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2012 Super Bowl.
Indianapolis was praised for its hosting of the Super Bowl last year and drew hundreds of thousands of football fans to the city. But the amount of business generated did not meet expectations in some areas of the city.
Indianapolis also will face new competition from other cities. Denver and Minneapolis leaders have both announced bids to host the 2018 game.
At East Rutherford, N.J., Matt Simms, competing for the Jets’ No. 3 quarterback job, led four scoring drives and Kahlil Bell had two touchdown runs and New York beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20. With the Jets’ quarterback competition still uncertain, Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez didn’t play. The son of former Giants star Phil Simms, who had his share of big games against the Eagles, was 33 of 44 for 285 yards for the Jets.
In Orchard Park, N.Y., Matt Leinart struggled in his debut for the quarterback-depleted Buffalo Bills, who closed the preseason with 35-13 loss to the Detroit Lions. Looking like someone who’s had just three days practice, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner went 3 for 10 for 11 yards and two interceptions before being yanked after five possessions. Buffalo’s first-round draft pick, quarterback EJ Manuel, is recovering from a left knee injury, while veteran Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Lions second- and third-string quarterbacks Shaun Hill and Kellen Moore both threw two touchdown passes.
Around the league
Minnesota offensive lineman Seth Olsen was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter after injuring his neck in a collision with Titans linebacker Scott Solomon. Olsen was blocking on a screen pass when he took a knee from Solomon to his helmet and went down. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman raced to his side and immediately called for a stretcher as a hush fell over the crowd. Cleveland backup quarterback Jason Campbell was out of the lineup for the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears.
Buffalo rookie receiver Marquise Goodwin was escorted to the locker room after being poked in the left eye while attempting to make a catch in a preseason game against Detroit. Giants backup running back Andre Brown broke his left leg after a 3-yard run late in the first half against New England.