Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson hurt his left
shoulder Sunday night during the Detroit Lions' 27-10 victory over
the Cincinnati Bengals, who now have their top two receivers and
their starting tailback limited by injuries.
Johnson landed awkwardly on his left side after cornerback Brian
Kelly intercepted a pass thrown his way on Cincinnati's first
series. Johnson rolled on the field in pain for several seconds,
then went to the locker room for an examination. He did not return,
and the team didn't provide any detail about the extent of his
The Bengals already were missing Pro Bowl receiver T.J.
Houshmandzadeh and running back Rudi Johnson. Both of them have
missed the first two preseason games with hamstring injuries.
Detroit got the better of it in the first quarter, when both
teams played their starters.
Jon Kitna had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 for the second
straight game. Playing in the stadium where he started the Bengals'
resurgence in 2003, Kitna was much better than Carson Palmer, the
No. 1 draft pick who took his place in Cincinnati.
Right away, Kitna tested a redesigned Bengals defense that has
the cornerbacks aggressively covering receivers. He threw a 40-yard
pass to Calvin Johnson on the opening play, letting the receiver
beat cornerback Leon Hall on a sideline route.
That drive came up short in part because of an offensive pass
interference penalty on Roy Williams. The next time the Lions got
the ball, Kitna threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, who ran
past cornerback Johnathan Joseph for an easy score.
Kitna completed his three passes for 76 yards and a touchdown,
leaving him 9-of-10 for 146 yards with a pair of touchdowns in the
In an ominous sign for the Bengals, Palmer was repeatedly hit as
he threw and got sacked once. He was only 6-of-13 for 50 yards with
the one costly interception. He led Chad Johnson a bit too much,
giving Kelly a chance to knock the ball free and grab it in the
Palmer played until the middle of the second quarter, trying to
get the offense moving. In his two preseason games, Palmer is
11-of-22 for 83 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Both teams failed on field goal attempts. Cincinnati's Shayne
Graham had a 46-yard try blocked by Dewayne White, but later made
one from 50 yards away. Detroit's Dave Rayner was wide left on a
47-yard attempt, then later connected from 48 and 23 yards. Rayner
replaced Jason Hanson, who strained his thigh in the preseason
Third-string quarterback Drew Stanton threw a 50-yard touchdown
pass to Brandon Middleton and also ran 10 yards for a touchdown in
the fourth quarter.
Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims, a third-round pick, was taken
off the field on a cart after hurting his right foot in the fourth