By Mark Gaughan
Sam Young and David Snow will be making the first starts of their NFL careers on Sunday. Young, who has played in 14 games over three seasons, will start at right tackle. Snow, a rookie who saw his first NFL action last week, is expected to start at right guard (there's a chance he could play center).
They will go up against a St. Louis front four that is the strength of the Rams team. St. Louis ranks fourth in the NFL in quarterback sacks. End Robert Quinn has 8.5 sacks. End Chris Long has 7.0.
Said coach Chan Gailey: "They do a great job of rushing the passer, and Long will be a challenge over there for Sam. That’ll be a real challenge for him. But to be honest with you, they rotate through a lot of guys that can play. This might be overall as athletic a defensive front and a powerful combined with quickness defensive front as we’ve played all season. You look at all the guys they rotate through there. They’re playing extremely well right now. It’ll be a challenge for he and David (Snow).”
Snow will face a pretty good defensive tackle combination. Rookie Michael Brockers, a former Louisiana State star, was hindered by injuries early in the year but has come on of late. The other tackle is former Miami Dolphin Kendall Langford.
Meanwhile, Gailey said injured cornerbacks Aaron Williams (knee) and Leodis McKelvin (back) both will try to work in practice today.
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring) will be rested. Tackle Chris Hairston (foot) and end Mark Anderson (knee) are out. Gailey said Anderson has made progress since last week.
Center Eric Wood said he's encouraged that he might be able to come back for the last two games after spraining his knee against the Jaguars.