Packers sign veteran running back

With Najeh Davenport out for the season, the Packers signed fifth-year veteran running back Jay Graham today.<p>

Graham was most recently with the Seattle Seahawks. He entered the league in 1997 as a third-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens. As a rookie, he played in 13 games, starting three, and compiled 299 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 81 carries (3.7 avg.). He also made 12 receptions for 51 yards (4.3 avg.).

An ankle injury limited Graham to only five games in 1998, before being sent to injured reserve. And in 1999 he saw only special teams duty. Graham missed all of the 2000 season before signing with Seattle. In 2001, he played in 11 games, taking 12 carries for 43 yards (3.6 avg.).

Graham also has experience returning kickoffs. Last season he had three returns worth a combined 56 yards (18.7 avg.). As a rookie at Baltimore in 1997, he had 115 return yards on six attempts (19.2 avg.). And in 1998 he made three returns for 52 yards (17.3 avg.).

Davenport had surgery to repair the orbital bone near his left eye on Tuesday.

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