Troy Smith starts at quarterback for the Ravens. He may play as much as three quarters. “Head coach John Harbaugh knows that Kyle Boller is terrible. He will give Smith every chance to win the job,” says NFL betting guru Mike Godsey of GodsTips. Godsey seems to imply a lot of passing will be done by the normally ball control Ravens.
However Smith has been terrible so far completing just 8-of-17 for no touchdowns and one pick. Rams star running back Steven Jackson is still a holdout. Though reports say that may end soon, it is extremely unlikely he would play Saturday.
Wide receiver Torry Holt is questionable because of a tight back. The Rams best OL Orlando Pace is slowed by a sore shoulder and will be limited.
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New Orleans TE Jeremy Shockey is practicing and may get his first action of the preseason. The Bengals are without their top four receivers Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Andre Caldwell head the list.
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Bucs starting quarterback Jeff Garcia will make his preseason debut.
Brett Favre will start for the Jets but head coach Eric Mangini has not specified how much he will play. WR Laveranues Coles is questionable for the Jets.
Browns starting quarterback Derek Anderson is out, so Brady Quinn gets the start for the Browns.
Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is making it no secret that he will throw a lot tonight. The Raiders ground game is pretty proven, but the baby-faced coach wants to see what strong armed QB JaMarcus Russell has has.
The Bills will be without RB Willis McGahee. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is out. Stevie Vincent Senior Analyst of OffshoreInsiders.com says that Manning may now miss the start of the season, hence “We expect Jim Sorgi to air it out as there is a very good chance that he will get playing time this regular season.”
Backup Seneca Wallace has been limited, so third stringer Charlie Frye has been taking many of the snaps. Though Chargers TE Antonio Gates returned to practice, he is not expected to play.