- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 3, 2009

Kyle Boller will make his first start at quarterback for the St. Louis Rams on Sunday as Marc Bulger rests his injured shoulder.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Friday that if Bulger dresses for the game, it will be as the third quarterback. Rookie Keith Null will be the backup.

Bulger did not throw during practice and is listed as questionable for the game at NFC West rival San Francisco (2-1).

“He took some snaps,” Spagnuolo said. “He did some handoffs. We’ve got 48 more hours for the throwing part of it.”

St. Louis (0-3) will try to end a 13-game losing streak, the longest in the NFL.

TEXANS: Rookie tight end Anthony Hill was hospitalized this week with swine flu in the first confirmed case in an NFL player this season.

Hill is the only player on the team believed to have swine flu and other players are being monitored, Texans vice president of communications Tony Wyllie said.

Hill, a fourth-round pick from N.C. State, spent two nights in the hospital and told KRIV-TV in Houston that he was released from the hospital Friday morning.

BEARS: Chicago likely will be without injured linebackers Hunter Hillenmeyer and Pisa Tinoisamoa when it hosts Detroit on Sunday.

Both were listed as doubtful, with Tinoisamoa hobbled by a knee injury he suffered in the season opener at Green Bay and Hillenmeyer recovering from a rib injury in last week’s win over Seattle.

GIANTS: Halfback Ahmad Bradshaw returned to practice and likely will play in Sunday’s game at Kansas City, coach Tom Coughlin said.

But four other injured players - defensive lineman Chris Canty, cornerback Aaron Ross, wide receiver Domenik Hixon and running back Danny Ware - will sit out.

DOLPHINS: Linebacker Joey Porter is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Buffalo because of a sore hamstring, but he said he’ll play hurt if he can.

Porter sat out practice for the third day in a row. He’s the only player on Miami’s injury report, and whether he plays will be a game-time decision, coach Tony Sparano said.

The Pro Bowl linebacker has missed six games in his 11-year career. He was unable to finish last Sunday’s game at San Diego when his right hamstring tightened.

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