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Quinn makes final pitch for Browns

Rookie is efficient in win over Bears

Brady Quinn celebrates with Kelly Butler after leading a drive that was capped by Jerome Harrison's 1-yard TD. Brady Quinn celebrates with Kelly Butler after leading a drive that was capped by Jerome Harrison's 1-yard TD. (STEVE DYKES/GETTY IMAGES)

Brady Quinn says he's ready to make an impact for the Cleveland Browns, and he did in the preseason finale. When his next opportunity comes remains to be seen.

The rookie from Notre Dame was efficient, if unspectacular, leading the Browns to a touchdown in a 19-9 victory over the Bears last night in Chicago.

Now, it's up to coach Romeo Crennel to decide if Quinn's time is sooner or later.

Although incumbent Charlie Frye thinks he did nothing to lose his job, Crennel said he won't announce the starter for the season opener against Pittsburgh until next week.

Frye played the first two possessions, completing 2 of 5 passes, and Derek Anderson led a field goal drive late in the first quarter before Quinn entered. The 22d pick in the draft finished 9 of 14 with 64 yards. He threw an interception but led a scoring drive.

Quinn was 29 of 45 for 300 yards and three TDs in three exhibition games.

The Bears lost rookie tight end Greg Olsen to a knee injury late in the first half.

Johnson gets started

Larry Johnson got the break-in work he needed while supplying a lackluster Chiefs-Rams exhibition game 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's 10-3 victory. He carried three times for 12 yards . . . Daunte Culpepper helped his cause to become the Raiders' starting quarterback after he completed 11 of 19 passes for 108 yards and led the offense to its only touchdown in Oakland's 19-14 loss to host Seattle . . . Buffalo backup quarterback Trent Edwards directed a 90-yard drive that set up a tiebreaking field goal with 1:46 left in a 16-13 win over host Detroit . . . Mike Nugent kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired, lifting visiting New York over Philadelphia, 13-11. A.J. Feeley, backup to Donovan McNabb, broke a bone in his left hand, but whether he will miss any action is uncertain . . . Rookie Pierre Thomas rushed 16 times for 81 yards and a touchdown and had two catches for 47 yards to help host New Orleans beat Miami, 7-0 . . . Jason Campbell looked sharp in his one series after missing last week's game with a bruised left knee as Washington ended the preseason with a 31-14 loss to the Jaguars in Jacksonville . . . Luke McCown threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, and Bruce Gradkowski threw a 31-yard scoring pass to Paris Warren with three minutes remaining to give host Tampa Bay a 31-24 victory over Houston . . . Brooks Bollinger made his case for holding onto the backup quarterback spot in Minnesota by throwing for 109 yards and a touchdown in a 23-14 victory over visiting Dallas . . . Vince Young threw for a touchdown and ran for another for a second straight week, leading host Tennessee past Green Bay, 30-14 . . . The Denver Broncos lost two key contributors in a 21-3 win over visiting Arizona. Defensive back Karl Paymah sustained a concussion in the second quarter and tight end Stephen Alexander left the game with a bruised left leg . . . Jeff Reed kicked four field goals and Pittsburgh forced six turnovers in its final tuneup, a 19-3 win over the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. . . . Quarterback Alex Smith had two turnovers and third-stringer Shaun Hill was picked off three times as San Francisco fell to host San Diego, 16-13.

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