- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2018

LANDOVER — The Redskins lead 9-3 at halftime of Thursday’s game against the New York Jets. Even in the preseason, the game had produced some interesting moments. 

Here are the highlights:

Smith survives brief scare

On his very first play in a Redskins uniform, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was drilled to the ground by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins. The play drew a roughing the passer penalty, but Smith was okay. 

The 34-year-old finished his first and only drive, completing four of six passes for 48 yards. The Redskins finished with a field goal. 

Daron Payne, Preston Smith and Troy Apke make life difficult for Sam Darnold

On the other side of the ball, the Redskins defense made the first half quite difficult for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

Rookie Daron Payne didn’t wait long to make an immediate impact: 

And then Preston Smith had his turn:

Rookie Troy Apke, too, came away with an interception — thanks to a great play made by safety Deshazor Everett:

It wouldn’t be a football game, however, without injuries.

Running backs Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine both left the game to be evaluated for injuries. Perine, who was hurt after ripping off a 30-yard gain, was evaluated for an ankle sprain, while Marshall was being looked at for a lower leg injury.

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