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August 21, 2017

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Simms sharp in Bucs win vs. Bengals


The sharpest young quarterback on the field was Chris Simms, not Carson Palmer.

Simms, the second-year pro competing with Brian Griese for Tampa Bay's No. 2 job, completed 12 of 15 passes for 110 yards to help the Buccaneers to a 20-6 victory Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa, Fla.

"So far, so good," the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms said.

"It was great to get out there and play someone else besides our defense. I had a lot of fun and definitely got some good experience."

Palmer, the first pick in the 2003 draft, made his first start since college for the Bengals. The Heisman Trophy winner threw an interception on the game's opening possession and left the game after leading his team to a field goal on the other series he worked.

Jon Kitna replaced him and was 7-of-15 for 58 yards. The Bengals wasted an opportunity to score a touchdown when Kitna lofted a perfectly thrown ball to a wide-open T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but the receiver failed to get either foot down in the end zone.

"Our mistakes pretty much told the story," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said, noting that his team also hurt itself with dropped passes and turnovers.

Matt Hasselbeck, who wasn't bothered by much of a pass rush, completed 5 of 9 passes for 56 yards for Seattle before giving way to Wallace, who was 14-of-26 for 135 yards and a score.

Brett Favre completed 5 of 7 passes for 43 yards in two series, the first of which ended on Ryan Longwell's 47-yard field goal and the second in a punt after overthrowing Donald Driver on what would have been a 46-yard touchdown.

With Seattle's No. 2 and 3 quarterbacks, Trent Dilfer and Brock Huard, out with back spasms, Wallace played most of the game. His 2-yard touchdown toss to Jerheme Urban made it 14-3 just before halftime and his 19-yard completion to Chris Davis set up Kerry Carter's 1-yard scoring plunge with 3:44 left in the game.

Around the camps

Gallery went to a hospital for precautionary tests, coach Norv Turner said. Results were not immediately known.

Gallery was participating in a half-line blocking drill when he got hurt. He was working with the second team line, but he's expected to be the starting left tackle this season.

The proposed $650 million stadium in Arlington, Texas, would seat 75,000 under a dome with a retractable roof. It also would feature an interactive Cowboys hall of fame, a museum outlining the team's history, numerous concession stands, video boards and message boards.