Dolphins' Williams limited to eight yards on five carries

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Two Bears rookies stole the show from Ricky Williams.

Oh, sure, the crowd paid a little more attention when Williams
was in the game. But his return performance in the NFL was short
and ineffective. The real excitement was provided by Kyle Orton and
Mark Bradley as they rallied the Chicago Bears to a 27-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the Hall
of Fame game Monday night.

Orton brought a breath of fresh air to the often-stale Bears
offense when he riddled Miami's third-string defense on two late
touchdown drives.

"It was a lot of fun and a big confidence builder," Orton
said. "It was a big comeback."

The fourth-round draft pick from Purdue connected with Carl Ford
for a 43-yard score with 7:23 remaining. After Olindo Mare was
short on a 54-yard field goal try, Orton guided Chicago 56 yards,
keyed by a 34-yard bullet to Eddie Berlin and a third-down
interference penalty by Miami's Deandre Eiland.

Zack Abron ran it in from the 4, disappointing all the Dolphins
fans wearing No. 13 jerseys in the crowd of 22,292. One day
earlier, former Miami quarterback Dan Marino was inducted into the
Hall, along with Steve Young, Fritz Pollard and Benny Friedman.

Orton's strong outing -- 7-for-11 for 175 yards -- and Bradley's
Hall of Fame game record 131 yards on five receptions spoiled the
debut of Nick Saban as an NFL coach and Williams' return to the
Miami lineup. Williams had 8 yards on five rushes and downplayed
his role.

"I didn't feel rusty," he said. "I didn't expect anything, to
be honest. I was like always when I play, it takes me a while to
get warmed up. But I was seeing everything good and I felt good.

"I honestly felt I didn't have anything to get over with. To
me, it was just another day. I was playing again."

Saban, who left LSU after a highly successful career in college
to rebuild the Dolphins, didn't get much from Williams. Indeed,
there was nothing much reminiscent of the Marino days for the team
coming off a 4-12 record, its first losing season since 1988.

Williams entered on Miami's second series and had a 2-yard run.
He had another 2-yard run and gained 2 yards on a swing pass on
which he stumbled during the next possession.

In the second period, Williams had runs of 3, 2 and minus-1.

That was it for the former rushing king, who will sit out the
first four games of the regular season under an NFL suspension for
violating the substance abuse policy.

"The big thing was being on the sidelines with my teammates,"
he said. "It felt like I had never been away."

With the play of Bradley, a second-round pick from Oklahoma, and
Orton, the Bears didn't miss running back Cedric Benson, their
first-rounder who is holding out.

"It was great that we did get this win and the record just came
in the flow of the game," Bradley said.

Another rookie QB, the Dolphins' Brock Berlin, marched his team
to the 15 before being intercepted in the end zone by Jerrell Pippens in the final moments.

After a very slow start, the Dolphins put together a couple of
scoring drives in the second quarter. Gus Frerotte, who replaced
A.J. Feeley late in the opening period when Feeley sustained a
contusion of the buttocks, threw to Bryan Gilmore at the goal line.
Gilmore had to turn almost completely around to snag the pass,
falling into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.

"It's funny," Frerotte said. "I wasn't really throwing to
him. It just kind of slipped off my hand and floated that way and
he made a great catch."

That made it 10-7 -- Mare had a 33-yard field goal earlier in the

Chicago got a nice effort from its starting offense and defense
in the first period. Thomas Jones rushed for 47 yards on 10
carries, with a 1-yard TD run. That was set up by a 34-yard pass
from Rex Grossman to Muhsin Muhammad, the prize free agent receiver
the Bears signed in the offseason.

"I think this offense fits our personnel," Jones said,
"because we're a hard-nosed offense. I thought we were pretty

Especially at the end.

Nick Novak kicked a 22-yard field goal, and Doug Brien made a
30-yarder to lift Chicago within 17-13, but Jason Glenn picked off
a poor pass by Orton and ran it 26 yards for a TD with 10:30

Orton bounced back with a beautiful 43-yard spiral to Ford, and
then put together the winning drive.

"I was ticked off," Orton said of the interception. "That one
was on me. I wanted to get back on the field and make up for it. We

Game notes
Miami defensive end David Bowens twisted his left ankle,
and Bears fullback Keith Belton hurt his left ankle in the first
half. ... Miami also was without its first-round pick, running back
Ronnie Brown of Auburn, who is a holdout. ... The Bears are 4-0 in
the HOF game, while Miami is 0-3.


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