Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rookie Warren Sparks Colts Past Bengals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rookie Warren Sparks Colts Past Bengals

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Lamont Warren - that other running back drafted by Indianapolis - took over for an injured Marshall Faulk and led the Colts to a 26-21 victory in a National Football League exhibition Saturday night over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Warren, a sixth-round pick from Colorado, ran 71 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and put his mark on a wild finish with a game-winning catch-and-run.

Warren took a high, arching pass from Browning Nagle, who barely beat a blitz, and sprinted the final 50 yards of a 62-yard touchdown play. He cut to the middle to avoid cornerback Leonard Wheeler and went untouched with 58 seconds left.

Browns 16, Lions 7: Rookie Derrick Alexander returned a fourth-quarter punt 75 yards for a touchdown and Cleveland's defense dominated in its victory over Detroit.

Dolphins 31, Packers 24: Irving Spikes, od who signed with Miami as a free agent after being ignored on draft day, rushed for a touchdown and set up two others with kickoff returns of 71 and 51 yards as the Dolphins beat Green Bay.

Seahawks 29, Buccaneers 6: Rick Mirer passed for his first touchdown of the exhibition season and rookie defensive tackle Sam Adams scored his first NFL touchdown as Seattle beat Tampa Bay.

Giants 28, Chargers 20: Dave Brown ran for one touchdown and threw for another in his first game as the Giants' No. 1 quarterback, leading New York past San Diego in Berlin.

Brown, who beat out Kent Graham in the battle to replace Phil Simms, got off to a shaky start. He threw two passes that should have been intercepted and fumbled, setting up the Chargers' opening score in the first quarter.

He rallied, though, completing 15 of 21 passes for 187 yards and leading New York to two second-quarter TDs. He ran 9 yards for the first score, then hit Aaron Pierce with a 2-yard pass against San Diego's second-string defense.

The game attracted 57,329 fans, putting the average for five "American Bowl" games played at the Olympic Stadium at 61,515.

Steelers 29, Raiders 17: Neil O'Donnell and Mike Tomczak directed two scoring drives apiece, and Pittsburgh rebounded from deficits in each half to beat Los Angeles.

Victor Jones, Pittsburgh's fourth-team fullback, scored on two 1-yard runs in the fourth quarter to prevent the Raiders from opening a preseason 3-0 for the first time in 11 years. …

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