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Manning solid; Rams edge Colts

August 11, 2006

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Indianapolis opened its preseason Thursday with a successful onside kick by Adam Vinatieri, and Peyton Manning quickly made the most of his brief appearance by throwing a touchdown pass in the Colts' 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Neither team wasted time in getting key players out of harm's way: Manning and receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne were gone after one series, while St. Louis played quarterback Marc Bulger, running back Steven Jackson and receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce two series apiece.

New Colts kicker Vinatieri's game-opening onside kick was recovered by Von Hutchins at the Colts 41. Manning missed on his first pass to Harrison, but connected with Wayne for 11- and 31-yard gains, setting up an 8-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Ben Utecht.

Vinatieri, who signed with Indianapolis after helping New England to three Super Bowl titles, kicked a 53-yard first-quarter field goal.

Eagles 20, Browns 7

Philadelphia - Kellen Winslow sharpened his blocking skills while showing only a glimpse of his talent as a receiver.

Playing his first game in nearly two years, the brash Browns tight end made two catches in Cleveland's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.

Donovan McNabb looked sharp for the second straight game, and Jeff Garcia connected with Darnerien McCants on a 32-yard touchdown pass for the Eagles (1-1).

McNabb connected on his first five passes and finished 7-for-9 for 78 yards. He led the Eagles to a score on the opening drive and stayed on the sideline after the second series.

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