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Knox, Hanie Look Sharp As Bears Beat Browns 24-14

Chicago Bears running back Chester Taylor (29) runs past Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard (97) in the first half an NFL preseason football game in Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago Bears running back Chester Taylor (29) runs past Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard (97) in the first half an NFL preseason football game in Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Johnny Knox came through with a touchdown catch, and if he keeps it up, he just might regain his spot as the Chicago Bears’ starting receiver.

Knox made an over-the-shoulder grab in the end zone in the early going, backup quarterback Caleb Hanie looked sharp and the Bears closed out the preseason with a 24-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

Chicago’s Jay Cutler watched from the sideline along with the rest of the skill-position starters, and the first-team offensive line joined them there after one series.

Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers never made it back onto the field after the pregame introductions, and the few defensive first-teamers that did play joined them there after one possession. The Browns went mostly with reserves, too, holding out quarterback Colt McCoy and pulling top pick Phil Taylor after the first quarter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)