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Redskins running backs: James Davis promoted, Chad Simpson to IR

November 22, 2010 - 02:56 PM
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James Davis was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, and now is a member of Washington's 53-man roster after three weeks on the Redskins' practice squad. (Photo: Associated Press)

The Washington Redskins have promoted running back James Davis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, and to make room for the Clemson product, they placed fellow running back Chad Simpson on injured reserved.

Davis announced the news on his Twitter account, saying "The cuffs has been taken off the beast," and the move has now been confirmed by coach Mike Shanahan.

Davis has been on the Redskins’ practice squad since Oct. 27, and two weeks ago turned down an offer to join the Carolina Panthers’ 53-man roster because he thought that his chances of getting a promotion from the Redskins were very likely.

Washington’s zone blocking scheme, which is similar to the scheme Davis ran in at Clemson, as well as the state of Washington’s running back corps gave Davis confidence that he could have better success with the Redskins.

Clinton Portis missed five straight games with a third-degree groin separation, returned yesterday, and quickly suffered a setback. Ryan Torain, who started four games in place of Portis, has missed the last 2-½ games with a hamstring injury, and Simpson broke his foot during pre-game warm-ups on Sunday.

Drafted in the sixth round in 2009 by the Cleveland Browns, Davis as a rookie appeared in two games, carrying the ball nine times for 15 yards. The 5-foot-11, 218-pound Davis suffered a shoulder injury, however, and he was placed on injured reserve.

Keiland Williams started last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and then carried the load after Portis went down against Tennessee.

Davis during this past preseason rushed for a team-high 103 yards on 26 carries, and this season he appeared in four games and had four carries for nine yards.

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