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Jordan Palmer makes case to be Bears’ third quarterback

Updated: August 30, 2013 9:56AM



Jordan Palmer left the locker room and donned the ultimate sign of accomplishment Thursday: a white baseball cap befitting a quarterback not playing the second half.

Palmer’s night wasn’t as sexy as the Browns’ orange helmets, but it was just as utilitarian in the Bears’ 18-16 preseason finale loss to Cleveland at Solider Field.

Through the first three possessions, he completed 11 of 13 passes for 111 yards and he ran twice as many plays as did the Browns.

He made a solid case to be the third quarterback — if the Bears keep one.

“He has learned a lot of the offense and spent a lot of time, on his own, trying to assimilate all of it,” coach Marc Trestman said. “I’m happy for him that he came out and played very efficiently for us.”

On a day notable because of starters who didn’t play, Palmer turned a Demontre Hurst interception on the Browns’ first possession into a 52-yard Robbie Gould field goal.

Palmer then led a long drive — 16 plays, 69 yards over 9:20 —capped by a 5-yard scoring pass to Joe Anderson.

His day ended with four-straight incompletions, with drops by Michael Ford and Fendi Onobun.

Onobun’s third drop of the game landed in the arms of James-Michael Johnson in the third quarter. He returned it 23 yards for Cleveland’s first touchdown.

In the fourth, Brian Hoyer found Dan Gronkowski for a 14-yard touchdown. Minutes later, Harvey Unga fumbled to set up the winning kick: a 40-yard Spencer Lanning field goal with 3:15 left.

Robbie Gould missed a 57-yard field goal with 1:09 remaining, his first in 11 preseason attempts.

Email: pfinley@suntimes.com

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