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Buffalo's new-look offensive line braces for Rams

Buffalo's new-look offensive line braces for Rams

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Protecting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick could be an issue on Sunday when the Buffalo Bills (5-7) host St. Louis' strong pass rush.

Buffalo's offensive line is in patchwork mode after injuries to center Eric Wood and tackle Chris Hairston. In fact, two players - Sam Young and David Snow - will make their first NFL career starts vs. the Rams (5-6-1).

``It's insane how many guys we lose every year,'' said Kraig Urbik, who will start at center or right guard. ``It's not like guys are just wearing down. These are actual, physical injuries.''

The Rams have the NFL's fourth-best sack total (34) and those numbers might spike up Sunday. St. Louis is paced by former first-round picks Robert Quinn and Chris Long, who have registered 8 1/2 and seven sacks, respectively.

``They bring a lot of pressure,'' said Snow, a 6-foot-4, 303-pound rookie out of Texas who can play center and guard. ``It's evident that they're a very good defense. It'll be fun to play them.''

Snow, 23, saw his first NFL action against Jacksonville last week. Young, 25, is a 6-foot-8, 316-pound tackle in his third season out of Notre Dame who will line up vs. Long.

``It's a great chance to compete against a great defensive end,'' Young said. ``He's had a lot of production this year and it's a good opportunity for me to test where I'm at.''

The new crew has a lot to live up to. The Bills have allowed the sixth-fewest sacks (20) in the NFL despite using five different starters at right guard or right tackle.

Whatever the combination on Sunday, the Rams are just going to have to wait to figure it out. Buffalo coach Chan Gailey is keeping his alignment close to the vest, and likes it that way. Urbik or Snow, after all, could play center or guard, or both.

``This might be overall as athletic of a defensive front as we have played all season,'' Gailey said. ``You look at all the guys they rotate through there. They are playing extremely well right now and it will be a challenge for (Young) and David (Snow).

The Bills practiced indoors Friday after spending Thursday outdoors. Gailey said receiver Donald Jones will return to the lineup and that Stevie Johnson (questionable) has improved. How Johnson feels on Saturday, though, will be a key to Gailey's ultimate decision.

Gailey listed cornerback Aaron Williams as questionable.

``It'll be close,'' he said.

Leodis McKelvin is also questionable, as is Spencer Johnson, Chris White and Justin Rogers. Defensive end Mark Anderson, like Wood, is out.

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A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

Several college conferences across the country are preparing for the fall sports season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that it will go to a “conference-only” model for all fall sports. The Pac-12 followed announcing football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball will play only conference games. Earlier in the week, the Ivy League announced no sports would be played until January 1.

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More conferences are likely to follow shortly. But after fall sports, what will happen with winter sports and, specifically, with college basketball? Stadium basketball analyst Jeff Goodman conducted an interesting poll.

Of the 250 Division I head men’s basketball coaches (of a 353 total), 74% want a season with non-conference and conference play. Only 24% of coaches want to push the start of the season to January and play exclusively conference games.

One of the unique aspects of early-season college basketball is the non-conference matchups, sometimes in exotic locations. One of the most notable, the Maui Invitational, is planning to move forward as scheduled.

A handful of local teams are scheduled to travel to tournaments this November. Virginia and Georgetown will both head to Anaheim, Calif. for the Wooden Legacy. VCU is part of an eight-team field at the Charleston Classic and George Mason is reportedly traveling to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam.

There is plenty to be sorted out before the start of the college basketball season but for now, we will take some optimism from the men on the sidelines. 

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SEE IT: Dwayne Haskins is in favor of these Washington Red Wolves jerseys

SEE IT: Dwayne Haskins is in favor of these Washington Red Wolves jerseys

The Washington Football to Red Wolves transition has gained an unreal amount of support -- and not just via social media, but nationwide. 

It now seems as though the concept has another supporter, specifically of this particular style and color scheme, QB Dwayne Haskins.

Take a look.

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If you look closely in the comments you'll see the 23-year-old chime in with his thoughts. 

"Not gone hold you. I can fw this," Haskins said. 

In this setting, I can't specifically tell you what the acronym fw stands for (Urban dictionary it), but I can tell you it is used as a term of favoritism for said post.

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Moving past the QBs comments, the concept is extremely clean, maintains the burgandy and gold color scheme that so many fans yearn to maintain, and keeps the #HTTR hashtag intact (sort of). 

While none of us actually know what the name may be, we do know which name some key players on the roster favor.

Just saying. 

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