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Simpson, Russell Placed On IR, Davis Signed to Roster


The Redskins have placed running back Chad Simpson and safety Anderson Russell on injured reserve and signed running back James Davis from the practice squad.

Simpson suffered a broken foot during pre-game warm-ups in Sunday's game at Tennessee.

Russell, an undrafted rookie, suffered a knee ligament tear during a punt return in the first quarter.

It's a disappointing end to the season for Simpson and Russell, two young players trying to establish themselves in the league.

Russell had been called up from the practice squad on Nov. 8 when Chris Horton went down with a foot injury.

Davis joined the Redskins' practice squad on Oct. 27 after he was released by the Cleveland Browns.

Davis, regarded as a classic one-cut runner who fits Shanahan's scheme, had been considered to be called up from the practice squad in recent weeks as the team's running backs struggled with injuries.

"He's a talented player," head coach Mike Shanahan said of Davis.

Davis entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice by the Cleveland Browns in 2009.

He played in six games last year as a reserve with the Browns. He had 13 carries for 24 yards and four receptions for five yards in limited action.

Davis, a native of Atlanta, starred at Clemson from 2005-08. He led the Tigers in rushing with 3,881 yards and a school-record 47 touchdowns.

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