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Adams fails physical for Cowboys

Wide receiver Charlie Adams failed his physical with the Dallas Cowboys yesterday, voiding a trade with the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos sent Adams to Dallas for a sixth-round draft pick Thursday.

``He just didn't pass our physical, that's all," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said.

When asked why Adams failed the physical, Parcells said, ``It wasn't something we really knew about." The coach didn't elaborate.

With Patrick Crayton still out because of a sprained right foot, and Terrell Owens (hamstring) and Terry Glenn (foot blisters) having missed practices this week, Parcells wants to add some depth at receiver.

Parcells said the team was still in the market for another receiver.

``I would say we would be kind of doing what we were doing," Parcells said.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound Adams played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season, his third in the NFL. He caught 21 passes for 203 yards while also returning punts and kickoffs.

Celebration denied

Chad Johnson got his first touchdown this preseason. But his request to put on a show was turned down by an official because of the NFL's new rules limiting celebrations. ``I asked the ref if I could celebrate," said Johnson, who pleaded with the official immediately after the catch. ``I offered to pay his fine. He said, `No.' " It didn't matter much, because there was enough high-scoring entertainment in visiting Cincinnati's mean-nothing 44-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Bengals produced the third-most points in an exhibition game in team history -- and most since a 45-0 win over Tampa Bay in 1977. Johnson, who sports a golden mohawk, had five catches for 73 yards and a 9-yard touchdown reception . . . Overlooked on draft day and underrated for most of his career, little Jerome Harrison (fifth round, 145th overall) is making big plays for the Cleveland Browns. The 5-foot-9-inch rookie running back caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and finished with 107 total yards as the host Browns rallied for a 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions. With Cleveland down, 16-10, third-string quarterback Derek Anderson hit Harrison in stride over the middle for the go-ahead score. Harrison ran for 53 yards on nine carries and had six receptions for 54 . . . Brian Urlacher returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown on the game's third play from scrimmage and Rashied Davis took a kickoff 100 yards for another first-quarter TD in Chicago to lead the Bears over the San Diego Chargers, 24-3.

Injury sidelines O'Hara
New York Giants center Shawn O'Hara sprained a ligament in his knee and is not expected to play in next week's game against the New York Jets. Coach Tom Coughlin would not speculate as to whether the seven-year pro would be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. ``He had some swelling today, he was sore, and the knee was black and blue," Coughlin said. ``Hopefully, he can come right back, [but] we don't know how long he's going to be out." O'Hara sprained the medial collateral ligament in Thursday's 17-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Giants Stadium . . . Jets quarterback Chad Pennington will miss today's exhibition game against Washington because of a family illness. Coach Eric Mangini excused Pennington for the weekend.

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