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Bengals come away victorious against Cardinals

AP

Cincinnati’s Terence Newman returned an interception 54 yards for the only touchdown by either team’s starters and the Bengals went on to a 19-13 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

Mike Nugent added field goals of 48 and 36 yards for Cincinnati (1-2).

Jay Feely, competing with rookie Chandler Catanzaro for the Cardinals’ kicking job, made a 24-yarder but missed from 48 yards. Catanzaro made a 23-yard attempt.

The Cardinals (1-2) got their lone touchdown on a 30-yard pass from backup Drew Stanton to rookie John Brown with 1:29 left in the third quarter, tying it at 13-13.

Cincinnati backup Quinn Sharp kicked field goals of 34 and 51 yards after that for the deciding margin.

The Bengals’ Andy Dalton completed 13 of 21 passes for 183 yards. Palmer was 7 of 19 for 92 yards. Larry Fitzgerald caught five of Palmer’s throws for 71 yards.

Both teams played their starters the entire first half.

Palmer was facing the team he quarterbacked for the first eight years of his NFL career before an acrimonious split sent him to Oakland. Dalton replaced Palmer as a rookie in 2011.

Cornerback Leon Hall said “it means something to me, for emotional reasons I guess” to hold Palmer, his former teammate, without a touchdown.

“But really,” Hall said, “I’d feel almost the same way regardless who we were playing. This was what they call a rehearsal game. . . . This builds some momentum for (the opener against) Baltimore.”

Bengals owner Mike Brown was taken to a Phoenix hospital before the game for what was termed a “minor” health problem. The team said he was to return to Cincinnati and did not attend the game.

Bradford to miss season

St. Louis AP

Jeff Fisher shared the bad news with Sam Bradford on Sunday morning.

By the time the St. Louis Rams coach began his day-after news conference, he’d had several hours to digest the impact of an injury that puts the team’s once-rosy outlook in serious doubt, and to give a vote of confidence to journeyman backup Shaun Hill.

After announcing Bradford’s season-ending torn ACL in his left knee for the second time in nine months, Fisher said speculation about a trade was premature.

At the least, they’ll likely wait to see who hits the market in the first round of cuts on Tuesday when rosters must be at 75 players.

“It makes no sense to jump and react right now and try to fill the hole at whatever cost,” Fisher said. “We’re going to take our time and evaluate this.

“There’s going to be some quarterbacks that are released and there may or may not be some quarterbacks out there that have trade value.”

Fisher confirmed the extent of the injury first reported by ESPN and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He said no timetable had been set for surgery.

“We lost Sam for the year,” Fisher said. “The news was devastating to him.”

The coach quickly added that everyone at Rams Park must quickly become accustomed to the 34-year-old Hill running the offense.

“We’re going to move forward, we’re not going to change anything,” Fisher said. “We have to move on and Shaun’s the guy.”