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“Ced was great,” Rodgers said. “He’s getting his feet wet. He made some runs out of nothing and did a nice job on some check-downs. It was a good start for him. We’re excited to have him.”
The Bengals (2-1) played their starters into the third quarter but they couldn’t get a touchdown, failing even on a first-and-goal from the 1. Andy Dalton played the entire first half and the opening series of the third quarter, going 5 of 17 for 40 yards and two sacks. He scrambled three times for a team-high 36 yards.
Cincinnati settled for field goals of 42 and 30 yards by Mike Nugent, the second coming after the Bengals had the first-and-goal.
“We didn’t play very well tonight,” Dalton said. “We didn’t get anything going.”
One of the Packers‘ main concerns was how the offense did when Rodgers left the game. Backup Graham Harrell has struggled in the preseason, throwing two interceptions. He opened the second half and had a hand in another turnover.
The Packers fumbled at their 15-yard line when Harrell and John Kuhn failed to have a clean handoff. No. 2 quarterback Bruce Gradkowski threw for a touchdown on the next play.
Linebacker Jamari Lattimore returned an interception 27 yards for the Packers‘ final score.
Cincinnati sat five of its reserve cornerbacks because of injuries, including top draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick, who has missed all three preseason games while recovering from an injured left knee.
The Bengals rested Green-Ellis and Bernard Scott, their top two running backs. Brian Leonard started and carried four times for 19 yards.
NOTES: The replacement officials incorrectly spotted the ball 1 yard shy of the line of scrimmage for a play in the first quarter. … Packers WR Tom Crabtree left with a shoulder injury after S Taylor Mays lowered his shoulder for a hit in the first quarter, drawing a personal foul penalty. … Green Bay DT Ryan Pickett left with a calf injury. … Bengals LB Manny Lawson injured his groin in the first quarter.
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