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Rams likely to start Austin Davis at quarterback against Buccaneers

With Austin Davis at quarterback, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense should have a field day.

Michael Thomas

The St. Louis Rams will likely start Austin Davis at quarterback, as Shaun Hill is not sufficiently healed from a thigh injury to take the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per Ian Rapoport. That means the Bucs will be facing a third-string quarterback, which is good news for them. But then, they couldn't stop backup quarterback Derek Anderson last week, either.

For their part, the Bucs have plenty of injuries to deal with as well. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was placed on injured reserve, while defensive end Michael Johnson will miss today's game with an ankle injury, which will significantly harm the Bucs' pass rush. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is also out, while Doug Martin and Logan Mankins are likely to play but will be hampered by their own lower-leg injuries.

The Bucs and Rams are both 0-1 and looking to salvage their season in their second game of the season. The Bucs clearly have the advantage at home with their first-string quarterback -- which means if they do lose, panic will be justified.