NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Carson Palmer's return provided the promise of a productive passing game for Cincinnati.
Playing for the first time since an elbow injury sidelined him early last season, Palmer completed seven of 11 passes for 133 yards in the Bengals' 17-7 loss to New Orleans on Friday in the preseason opener for both teams.
Palmer's only mistake came on Jonathan Vilma's interception. Palmer left the game late in the first quarter, moments after his quick sideline throw to Chad Ochocinco produced a 55-yard gain. Palmer twisted his left ankle on the play, but team officials said the injury was minor.
Jeremy Shockey caught his first touchdown pass as a Saint, a 22-yarder from Drew Brees. Mark Brunell also threw a scoring pass for the Saints, a 64-yarder to Robert Meachem.
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