Packers attend Kevin Jones' workout

In other NFL running backs news, the Pittsburgh Steelers have released former Packer Najeh Davenport

Running backs were in the news on Saturday, with the Packers witnessing Kevin Jones' workout while the Steelers released former Green Bay back Najeh Davenport.

Jones' professional career was off to a promising start after being selected in the first round of the 2004 draft by the Detroit Lions. He was just the third Detroit runner to top 1,000 yards as a rookie — piling up 1,133 on 4.7 yards per carry — but his career was derailed by injuries. Jones tore the ACL in his right knee late last season, and the Lions released him in March.

Dr. D.S. Ping, who has been helping Jones rehabilitate the knee after Dr. James Andrews' surgery in January, said the Packers, as well as the Lions, Dolphins and Steelers sent representatives to Saturday's workout in Saline, Mich.

"All the teams basically said they were amazed by what Kevin can do," Ping said after Jones did a shuttle run, ran around cones and caught passes.

The Packers are staring at a possible holdout by Ryan Grant and are without a proven commodity to back him up. Jones has 3,067 rushing yards, a 4.0-yard average and 24 touchdowns in four seasons, plus 142 receptions for 1,008 yards and three more TDs.

Andrews said Jones would need 10 months to get back on the field, but Jones earlier this month said "I'm ready to play right now."

Jones is among several proven backs looking for a work, a list that includes Cedric Benson, Shaun Alexander, Ron Dayne, Chris Henry and now Davenport.

Davenport was a fourth-round pick by Green Bay in 2002. At 250 pounds with nimble feet, Davenport was a tease during his four years with the Packers. He rushed for 963 yards and a whopping 5.1 yards per carry during his first three seasons, but never was a consistent presence, and he broke an ankle early in the 2005 season.

He was cut at the end of training camp in 2006, then rushed for 720 yards with the Steelers the last two years.

Davenport became expendable when the Steelers drafted Rashard Mendenhall in the first round of April's draft to pair with explosive starter Willie Parker. Pittsburgh reportedly tried to trade Davenport, who was to earn $1 million in the final year of his contract, but could find no takers.


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