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. The Cowboys won it with a field goal of their own as time ran out.
For Brown, it was a solid first step in trying to show the rest of the NFL that he's not finished.
''It's a positive note,'' Brown said. ''It just reassures you that you're not done playing yet. To be able to bang out a 52-yarder and to do it with confidence - it's all reassuring that I'm moving on the right path to getting back in the NFL.''
The 4-for-4 performance just might jump-start his career, even if it turns out to be his only game with Cincinnati.
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