Josh Brown makes strong NFL return with Bengals

JOE KAY AP Sports Writer Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Light rain had just ended when Josh Brown lined up for a 52-yard field goal try in the third quarter, the game on the line. For the last three months, he'd hoped for this test.

Made it with room to spare.

Brown connected on all four of his field goal tries for the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, including that 52-yarder in the third quarter of a 20-19 loss to Dallas.

For Brown, it was a solid first step in trying to show the rest of the NFL that he's not finished since being released by the Jets at the end of training camp.

The 4-for-4 performance just might jump-start his career, even if it turns out to be his only game with the Bengals, who needed a kicker when Mike Nugent hurt his right calf during practice last week.