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Johnson Back In Action For Chiefs

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Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2013 at 07:04 PM

ST. LOUIS - Larry Johnson got the break-in work he needed while supplying a lackluster preseason finale with just a smidgen of star power.

Johnson, who ended a 25-day holdout earlier in the month, was the only starter of substance for either team who got on the field in St. Louis' 10-3 victory Thursday night. He shook off a bit of rust, carrying three times for 12 yards at the start of the Chiefs' first drive.

'It was good to get in the game and get a couple carries,' Johnson said. 'That's the toughest adjustment, getting back in the speed of the game and getting your timing down with your offensive linemen.'

Rams offensive lineman Todd Steussie broke his left foot in the first half.

SAINTS 7, DOLPHINS 0: Rookie Pierre Thomas of Illinois rushed 16 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, had two catches for 47 yards and added a decent kickoff return to help New Orleans beat Miami.

Fellow rookie Antonio Pittman, from Ohio State, rushed 21 times for 77 yards.

BROWNS 19, BEARS 9: Rookie Brady Quinn started the second quarter and was 9-of-14 with 64 yards and an interception, leading a touchdown drive as Cleveland beat Chicago.

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris started for the Bears after missing the first three preseason games while recovering from a season-ending hamstring injury.

Bears rookie tight end Greg Olsen left with a knee injury late in the second quarter.

PATRIOTS 27, GIANTS 20: New York quarterback Eli Manning led a 16-play touchdown drive on the opening series, then watched as New England won with QB Tom Brady not playing at all.

The game was important to the Giants' two placekickers, who both made their only field-goal attempts. Veteran Lawrence Tynes connected on a 43-yarder, while rookie free agent Josh Huston made a 33-yarder.

TITANS 30, PACKERS 14: Vince Young threw for a touchdown and ran for another for a second straight week, and LenDale White added 77 total yards in Tennessee's victory against Green Bay. Young was 11-of-16 for 96 yards, and White ran 15 times for 58 yards with a 19-yard reception.

Packers running back Noah Herron, starting with Vernand Morency (knee) and rookie Brandon Jackson (concussion) out, hurt his knee after catching a 6-yard TD pass from Brett Favre.

JETS 13, EAGLES 11: Mike Nugent kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired as New York beat Philadelphia.

Kevin Kolb threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Zac Collie with 2:57 left to get the Eagles within one point. Instead of going for a tie in a meaningless game, Coach Andy Reid went for the lead. Kolb rolled right and tossed a pass to Nate Ilaoa to put Philadelphia ahead 11-10. Kolb, a second-round pick and the team's first overall selection, completed 22 of 33 passes for 220 yards.

Marques Tuiasosopo, competing for the No. 3 job behind Pennington and Kellen Clemens, then drove the Jets 65 yards for the winning kick.

A.J. Feeley, Donovan McNabb's backup, broke a bone in his left (non-throwing) hand, but whether he will miss any action is uncertain.

VIKINGS 23, COWBOYS 14: Brooks Bollinger made his case for holding onto the backup quarterback spot in Minnesota, throwing for 109 yards and a touchdown in just under two quarters of Minnesota's victory against Dallas.

Ryan Longwell kicked three field goals for the Vikings, who recovered four fumbles by the Cowboys and finished with 14 takeaways in the preseason.

BILLS 16, LIONS 13: Trent Edwards directed a 90-yard drive that set up a tiebreaking field goal with 1:46 left, and Buffalo recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to seal a win over Detroit.

Detroit's J.T. O'Sullivan threw a perfect pass on an 18-yard touchdown to Sean McHugh late in the first half, then Rian Lindell kicked his first of three field goals as time expired in the first half to start the comeback.

STEELERS 19, PANTHERS 3: Jeff Reed kicked four field goals and Tyrone Carter's 32-yard interception return for a touchdown with a minute left sealed Pittsburgh's victory against Carolina.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 2-of-2 for 16 yards and was sacked by Kris Jenkins to end his only series.

JAGUARS 31, REDSKINS 14: Jason Campbell returned to the starting lineup after missing last week's game with a bruised left knee, going 5-for-5 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown in Washington's loss to Jacksonville.

Campbell played just one series. It was his first touchdown pass of the preseason, an encouraging sign for an offense that scored just 37 points in its first three games.

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