Steelers bring back Davenport

While most of the country was off eating turkey, Thanksgiving day is just another work day for NFL teams.

While most of the country was off eating turkey, Thanksgiving day is just another work day for NFL teams.

Thursday, the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed running back Najeh Davenport.

Davenport, who played in four games earlier this year after re-signing with the team Oct. 1, was released Nov. 8.

He originally joined the Steelers as a veteran free agent in 2006, but was released by the team on June 28 of this year. In two-plus seasons with the Steelers, Davenport has rushed for 768 yards and seven touchdowns on 177 carries (4.3 avg.), and has caught 33 passes for 394 yards (11.9 avg.) and three scores.

He has also returned 38 kickoffs for 788 yards (20.7 avg.) with the Steelers, including 10 for a 21.7-yard average this season.

To make room on the roster for Davenport, the Steelers released cornerback Roy Lewis.

That move would seem to point to cornerback Deshea Townsend returning to the lineup Sunday at New England.

With Townsend back, the Steelers would not have the need for Lewis on the active roster.

Davenport is a better special teams player, making four tackles in that role in his four games.

Willie Parker also returned to practice Thursday and appears to be on track to play Sunday at New England.

He left last Thursday's game against Cincinnati after aggravating a previous knee injury. Parker sat out practice on Wednesday.


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