Reggie Bush wasn't a factor at all in the running game for the host Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

But he was more than OK as a receiver.

Bush, the multipurpose back brought in this season as a free agent, ran for a single yard on six carries, but he had five catches for 103 yards in a 40-9 exhibition victory over New England.

The Patriots' first-team offense, meanwhile, which was precise and efficient in the first two exhibition games, was anything but in the third.

Tight end Zach Sudfeld and running backs Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen lost fumbles and Tom Brady threw an interception in four of New England's first five possessions. The other possession was a three-and-out.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford finished 12 of 25 for 166 yards but did so again without top target Calvin Johnson. The star wide receiver also missed last week's game in Cleveland, largely as a precaution. He has been bothered by a bruised knee.

Panthers 34, Ravens 27: Former 49er Ted Ginn Jr. returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and Carolina's defense scored three times in an exhibition victory over mistake-prone and host Baltimore.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP, played into the third quarter and went 18 for 24 for 169 yards and a touchdown. In three exhibition games, he has two TD passes and three interceptions.

HGH testing: Saying the NFL Players Association is "holding HGH testing hostage" after more than two years of squabbling with the league, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee warned that Congress could get involved.

In a statement emailed by his office to The Associated Press, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said the union "continues to disregard its promise to implement HGH testing."

He added: "Continuing to block HGH testing in this way essentially will force Congress to intervene, which nobody wants."

Redskins: Quarterback Robert Griffin III has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing unauthorized apparel, a T-shirt with "Operation Patience" on it.

Griffin, recovering from a knee injury and yet to play in the preseason, wore the shirt on the field before Washington's exhibition game Monday night against Pittsburgh. All gear worn on game days must be approved by the league.

Browns: Wide receiver Greg Little vowed to act more responsibly after risking his life and others' when he wrecked his car driving 127 mph -- more than 70 mph over the legal speed limit.

Little was cited in April for drag racing after he crashed his expensive, high-performance Audi into a guardrail, took out a light pole and left more than 40 yards of brake tracks, according to a police report. Little was not hurt in the crash, which records say took place at 2:47 a.m., but said he understands his behavior was unacceptable.

Jets: Rookie Geno Smith will start at quarterback over Mark Sanchez in the Jets' exhibition game against the Giants on Saturday night, coach Rex Ryan said.