Former Clemson LB to get his 1st NFL start

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Former Clemson linebacker and current Buffalo Bills' rookie Tony Steward will get his first NFL start on Sunday for the Bills' home game against the Houston Texans.

“I think that’s the way we’re going to go, is with Tony,” Ryan said during his press conference on Monday. “He’s doing a decent job on the practice field. I think, with a full week’s preparation, he’ll be ready to go.”

The Bills' released rookie linebacker A.J. Tarpley on Sunday and Steward is the next man up.

Steward has played in six NFL games but has not registered a tackle.

He was drafted in the 6th round (#188 overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2015 NFL Draft. It was the first of two sixth-round picks by the Bills.

The two-time Clemson captain helped the 2014 Tigers lead the nation in total defense, pass efficiency defense, fewest first downs allowed, tackles for loss, tackles for loss yardage, sack yardage, third down defense, fewest yards for a pass attempt, fewest yards for play allowed and fewest plays 10+ yards allowed.

Steward had 141 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures at Clemson. He battled back from two ACL injuries to become a solid Clemson contributor and now an NFL player.

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