When you hear the phrase that football is a game of attrition, this is what it means in real life.
Former Maryland Terrapin Shaun Hill will start for the San Francisco 49ers Sunday against Cincinnati. The franchise that has had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in relatively recent times and a No. 1 overall pick at the position will start a young man who has played -- not started -- two NFL games in six seasons.
Last week in relief of ex-Raven Trent Dilfer, Hill, who helped lead the Terps to the Orange Bowl and was an undrafted free agent originally signed by Minnesota, did pretty well against his former team -- 22-for-27 for 181 yards, one TD and no interceptions.
But this is about Dilfer, who, in the flip parlance of the old days, "had his bell rung" last week against Minnesota. In today's more unvarnished reality, Dilfer suffered a serious concussion. A pretty scary one, and the third of his career. It may sideline him for the season, making Hill the de facto No. 1 in San Francisco. The backup is the recently signed Chris Weinke. The 35-year-old Weinke had been sitting out all season after being waived by Carolina last spring.