Carolina Panthers fall in Cam Newton's first preseason start

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton prepares to hand off to DeAngelo Williams in Friday's preseason loss to Miami. Newton played the entire first half, but couldn't muster any points.



MIAMI — Cam Newton threw a Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete on the final play of the first half Friday night, and that’s the closest he came to reaching the end zone.

The top pick of the NFL Draft was shut out in his first exhibition-game start, and Newton’s Carolina Panthers lost to the Miami Dolphins 20-10.

Newton played the entire first half, when the Panthers managed only three first downs, had the ball for less than eight minutes and fell behind 17-0. Newton went 7 for 14 for 66 yards, and he ran four times for 18 yards.

Carolina crossed midfield for the first time when Newton ran for 7 yards on the next-to-last play of the half.

Reggie Bush, another former Heisman Trophy winner, played for the first time since joining the Dolphins and totaled 81 yards from scrimmage in three series.



In Indianapolis, John Beck led Washington to scores on its first four possessions, and the Redskins used a dominant first half to beat Indianapolis.

Beck made a strong statement in his bid to be Washington’s starting quarterback by going 14 of 17 for 140 yards with no interceptions.

Tim Hightower scored the game’s only TD on a 1-yard run.

Beck also set up Graham Gano for field goals of 28, 27 and 26 yards as the Redskins took a 16-0 lead late in the first half.



In Cleveland, Colt McCoy threw three touchdown passes – two to tight end Evan Moore – in the first half, but Cleveland blew a 15-point lead after halftime and lost to Detroit in a penalty-filled exhibition that showed both teams have plenty to fix in the next three weeks.

McCoy finished 10 of 18 for 96 yards, his second straight solid performance running first-year Browns coach Pat Shurmur’s new West Coast offense.



In Baltimore, Kansas Cand Baltimore both ended their preseason touchdown droughts.

Now, only Kansas City is searching for a victory.

Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, the first ending with Jalen Parmele’s go-ahead 10-yard touchdown run with 7:16 remaining, and the Ravens rallied for a 31-13 victory over the winless Chiefs.

Taylor later added a 5-yard TD run of his own, a dive to the right pylon that withstood a video review. He finished 5 for 11 for 88 yards.


JETS: Plaxico Burress is finally ready to go for New York.

The wide receiver will make his playing debut for his new team Sunday in the Jets’ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Burress missed the preseason opener with a sprained left ankle that hobbled him in training camp, but he is healthy now and will start for New York.

It will be his first game since Nov. 23, 2008, at Arizona while with the Giants. He was signed by the Jets in July after serving a 20-month prison sentence on a gun charge for accidentally shooting himself in a leg in a Manhattan nightclub.


LIONS: Top wide receiver, former Georgia Tech standout Calvin Johnson, was kept out of the Lions’ exhibition game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday as a precaution because of a bruised shoulder.



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