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NFL Preseason Preview - St. Louis (1-2) at Miami (2-1)
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - It's next man up in St. Louis.
Days after losing veteran starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the season with a torn ACL, Shaun Hill is set to take over the St. Louis Rams as they visit south Florida to take on the Miami Dolphins in the preseason finale for both clubs.
The Rams routed Cleveland, 33-14, last week despite losing Bradford early in the contest. Bradford went down on the game's opening drive after throwing an incomplete pass. He was pressured and hit high by Browns defensive lineman Armonty Bryant.
"It wasn't a high impact. ACL injuries, they're all different. This was just kind of a hyperextension and you just had impact come from the outside," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "The knee was locked and something has to give, and unfortunately the ACL gave."
The former No. 1 overall draft pick missed the Rams' final nine games last season after tearing the ACL in the same knee. He completed 4-of-9 passes for 77 yards before departing.
"We lost our starting quarterback, but for Sam personally, it's devastating," Fisher said. "The news was devastating to him as you can appreciate. Anyone that's gone through that procedure and the rehab understands, and to have it happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult."
Third-string QB Austin Davis saw significant playing time for the Rams and threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard connection with Chris Givens.
Hill, 34, last started a game for Detroit during the 2010 season.
"We move forward as a football team. Shaun is our guy," Fisher added. "We brought him here. He's got experience. We've got all the confidence in the world in him."
The Dolphins got into the black this preseason last week when Orleans Darkwa scored on a 1-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give Miami a 25-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Darkwa finished with 70 rushing yards on six carries.
Dolphins starter Ryan Tannehill converted 13-of-21 passes for 119 yards and an interception, while Matt Moore went 12-for-19 for 172 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Mike Wallace hauled in six passes for 67 yards for Miami.
The Dolphins and Rams have split four previous preseason games.
08/27 14:46:50 ET