Hill to start at QB for Rams against the Broncos

Shaun Hill regains his starting job after losing it following the Rams' Week 1 game against the Vikings.

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ST. LOUIS — Quarterback Shaun Hill, the veteran who has been benched since being replaced by Austin Davis in the Rams’ season opener, will return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Beat writer Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported that coach Jeff Fisher informed the team of his decision to switch starters at a meeting Wednesday morning. Two days earlier, Fisher had told reporters he was not contemplating such a switch and that Davis would be the starter the rest of the season.

The Rams confirmed the change before practice Wednesday.

Hill completed 8 of 13 passes for 81 yards in the first half of the Rams’ Week 1 game against Minnesota. He threw an interception shortly before halftime that gave the Vikings good field position and led to a touchdown in what became a 34-6 Minnesota rout. Fisher said Hill suffered a thigh injury on that play and he did not return in the second half.

Davis took over for Hill and has been starting ever since. The third-year quarterback, who had not played in an NFL game before this season, led the Rams to a victory over Tampa Bay in his first start and also directed the team to upset wins over Seattle and San Francisco. But he lost his other five starts and his play has been declining in recent weeks. In a 31-14 loss to Arizona last week Davis was 17 of 30 for 216 yards and one touchdown. He also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a pick-six, and lost a fumble that also was returned for a score as the Rams fell apart in the fourth quarter.

Hill is a 34-year-old veteran who previously played for Detroit, San Francisco and Minnesota. He has started 27 games since entering the NFL in 2002.