- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2008

From combined dispatches

Marc Bulger is out as the St. Louis Rams starting quarterback after throwing only two touchdown passes in three games and will be replaced by 38-year-old Trent Green for Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

The benching of the Rams’ highest-paid player, announced by coach Scott Linehan in a terse, two-paragraph release Tuesday, signals just how desperate times have become for the sagging franchise. Linehan is 11-24 in his third season, including 0-3 this year with none of the games competitive.

Last week, Linehan was told by new owner Chip Rosenbloom that improvements need to be made or that changes would be forthcoming.

STEELERS: Pittsburgh will be without injured Pro Bowl running back Willie Parker and nose tackle Casey Hampton for Monday night’s home game against Baltimore.

Parker, who had 243 yards in the Steelers’ first two games before being held to 20 during a 15-6 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday, has a sprained left knee that occurred late in that game.

With Parker out, first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall will make his first NFL start.

CHIEFS: Coach Herm Edwards says he’s “leaning” toward starting veteran quarterback Damon Huard against Denver on Sunday.

Huard came into Kansas City’s opener against New England after starter Brody Croyle was hurt and almost led the Chiefs to an upset of the Patriots.

Huard started against Oakland in the second game before being pulled early for second-year pro Tyler Thigpen in a 23-8 loss. Thigpen started the next week against Atlanta and threw three interceptions in a 38-14 loss.

JETS: Brett Favre’s playing streak appears safe.

The New York quarterback rolled his left ankle during the third quarter of the Jets’ 48-29 loss at San Diego on Monday night, but coach Eric Mangini wasn’t overly concerned about Favre’s injury.

SAINTS: Guard Jamar Nesbit has been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

TEXANS: Houston plans to play its home opener at hurricane-damaged Reliant Stadium on Oct. 5.

“I can’t say with absolute certainty,” Texans owner Bob McNair said. “But let’s put it this way, I’d be shocked if we did not play there.”

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