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September 1, 2007

Dungy gets final look at reserves in preseason loss to Bengals

Cincinnati — With backups handling much of the work for both teams, the Cincinnati Bengals did just enough in the second half to hang on for a 14-6 win over the Indianapolis Colts Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

Indianapolis and the Bengals both end the preseason with identical 1-3 records, with the Colts set to begin the regular season against New Orleans in a nationally-televised game Thursday night at the RCA Dome.

The NFL’s final training camp roster cuts are due by 4 p.m. today, which meant that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Indianapolis’ Tony Dungy took full advantage of the opportunity to take one last look at rookies and veteran backups.

Several tough decisions now await Dungy, his coaching staff and the team’s player personnel department this morning. Twenty-two players must be released or waived this afternoon in order to meet the league’s 53-man regular season roster limit.

A five-yard run by Quincy Wilson with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter, followed soon after by a 46-yard return of a DeDe Dorsey fumble by linebacker Caleb Miller, accounted for all of the Bengals’ scoring for the evening.

Indianapolis’ only points came with 5:29 left in the fourth quarter as Josh Betts, who connected on 12-of-21 passes for 154 yards, threw a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe.

The Colts, however, came within an eyelash of notching a second score in the game’s waning seconds as Betts fired a 36-yard pass that was hauled in by tight end Jonny Harline at the Cincinnati one-yard line. Time ran out before Betts could get the offense lined up for a last ditch attempt at the end zone.

Jim Sorgi got the start at quarterback for Indianapolis and completed 19-of-33 passes for 150 yards before giving way to Betts midway through the third quarter. In the battle for the team’s primary backup running back role, Dorsey had 49 yards in 12 carries while Kenton Keith added seven rushing attempts for 36 yards.

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