ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Chad Johnson got his first touchdown this preseason. The Bengals receiver's bid to celebrate, though, was denied.
It didn't matter much, because there was enough high-scoring entertainment in Cincinnati's mean-nothing 44-31 win over the Buffalo Bills on Friday night.
Johnson and the defense led the way, helping Cincinnati produce the third-most points in a preseason game in team history - and most since a 45-0 win over Tampa Bay in 1977.
The always-colorful receiver, hard to miss sporting a new golden mohawk he debuted last weekend, had five catches for 73 yards and a 9-yard touchdown reception.
The only thing missing was a TD celebration after he caught Anthony Wright's pass in the left corner for the Bengals' go-ahead score 8 minutes into the second quarter. Johnson's request to put on a show was turned down by an official because of the NFL's new rules limiting celebrations.
“I asked the ref if I could celebrate,” said Johnson, who pleaded with the official immediately after the catch. “I offered to pay his fine. He said, 'No.”'
At least Johnson made a contribution after being held without a catch in a 19-3 win against Washington last weekend.
“Great play by Anthony. Great scramble. Great focus. Great throw,” Johnson said of starter Carson Palmer's fill-in. Palmer has practiced in training camp but is still recovering from a severe left knee injury.
Browns 20, Lions 16
CLEVELAND - Overlooked on draft day and underrated for most of his career, little Jerome Harrison is making big plays for the Cleveland Browns.
The 5-foot-9 rookie running back caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and finished with 107 total yards Friday night as the Browns rallied for a 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions.
With Cleveland down 16-10, third-string quarterback Derek Anderson hit Harrison in stride over the middle for the go-ahead score. Harrison, who rushed for 1,900 yards at Washington State in 2005, ran for 53 yards on nine carries and had six receptions for 54.
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow had three catches for 37 yards in his second game back after missing most of the past two seasons because of leg injuries.