When the Cincinnati Bengals host the St. Louis Rams tonight, it will be a battle of two backup quarterbacks, the Rams Kyle Boller and the Bengals Jordan Palmer, each who is expected to play the first half.
Although No. 1 Rams receiver Donnie Avery has returned to practice, he is not expected to play until the regular season.
Rams starting QB Marc Bulger is not expected to play. Kyle Boller will start. DE Leonard Little is questionable to doubtful with a sore right knee. DT Adam Carriker is doubtful.
Rams star running back Steven Jackson has just five carries in two preseason games. He won't see much more than that tonight. Backup RB Kenneth Darby is doubtful.
Bengals QB Carson Palmer is being held out again. Brother Jordan Palmer, the third stringer, will continue to get the increased playing time. J.T. O'Sullivan gets the start. He's completed 79.2 percent of his passes with two TDs and zero interceptions.
The Rams did spend most of Tuesday and Wednesday preparing for the Bengals.
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