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Rams Sign Veteran RB Stephen Davis

September 1, 2006

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Former Pro Bowl running back Stephen Davis agreed to a contract with St. Louis on Friday after playing last season with Carolina. The Rams plan to use him as a backup to Steven Jackson.

Davis worked out for the Rams two weeks ago, days after spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington also reportedly showed interest in the back who was drafted by the Redskins in 1996 out of Auburn. ``He’s obviously a proven back in this league as a starter,″ Rams coach Scott Linehan said. ``And, as a No. 2, he complements what we’re going to try and get done in our running game. Steven Jackson is our starter and (Davis) gives us depth and has gotten to that part of his career where he can complement Steven.″

Davis played in 13 games with Carolina in 2005, gaining 549 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns on 180 carries. Knee surgery injury sidelined him all but two games in 2004 and the first part of 2005.

His best season came in 2003, his first of three with Carolina, when he rushed for 1,444 yards for the Panthers. It marked the fourth and most recent time he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He has three consecutive 1,300-plus seasons with Washington from 1999-01.

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