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BACKUP MILLEN SPARKS DENVER PAST ARIZONA

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One thing the Denver Broncos won't have to worry about this season is whether they've found a capable backup to John Elway.

It was a question that was open to debate when Denver decided to part company with Tommy Maddox, but Hugh Millen appeared to answer it Thursday night.Millen completed 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards, including two touchdowns 29 seconds apart late in the first half, leading Denver over the Arizona Cardinals 30-21 Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

"Hugh Millen is a guy we can win with if the situation arises," Denver coach Wade Phillips said. "We answered some questions there tonight. What I liked was seeing him bounce back from that early interception.

"He took some hits and made a lot of big plays for us. In light of recent events, I was hoping he would. You can see he is a tough quarterback."

Millen was more than just a backup Thursday night. In effect, he was the team's last resort.

Millen played all but the final two minutes because Elway was being rested. Maddox, who refused to take a pay cut and was told he will either be traded by Sunday or released, did not play. The other quarterback, Will Furrer, has had only one day of practice since being picked up off waivers from the Cardinals. He took three snaps late in the game.

Arizona coach Buddy Ryan called the loss "a disappointing end to the exhibition season. Our No. 2 defense hurt us. We took out both our outside linebackers, our tackles, an end and one cornerback. The guys didn't have a clue how to line up after that. Our tackling looked terrible."

Saints 28, Cowboys 10

At New Orleans, the Saints (1-3) scored two touchdowns on long passes and two on hard runs in beating the two-time defending Super Bowl champions (2-3).

Jim Everett completed 10 of 14 passes for 150 yards in the first half, including a 49-yard touchdown to Torrance Small. Wade Wilson came in and hit all four passes for 71 yards, including a 51-yard bomb to Steve Rhem.

The Cowboys' first-string offense was not impressive, as Troy Aikman completed 4 of 6 passes for 29 yards, Emmitt Smith rushed five times for 10 yards and Michael Irvin had two receptions for 19 yards.

Colts 24, Browns 7

At Indianapolis, the biggest play of Marshall Faulk's young NFL career came on a 72-yard pass to start the Colts (4-0) on the way to their first unbeaten preseason since 1989.

Faulk, who rushed for only 26 yards on nine carries, caught a second-quarter pass from Jim Harbaugh and outraced linebacker Pepper Johnson, tying it 7-7.

Chargers 24, Rams 6

At San Diego, the Chargers (1-4) avoided their first winless exhibition season while the Rams (0-4) lost their ninth straight preseason game dating to 1992. The Rams scored only three touchdowns in four exhibition games.

Stan Humphries threw touchdown passes to wide receivers Mark Seay and Shawn Jefferson, and San Diego's defense provided two turnovers.

Chris Miller was 13-for-19 for 118 yards and an interception, and backup Jamie Martin finished 13-for-18 for 151 yards for Los Angeles.