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Stephen Davis | Running Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (40) / 3/1/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230
College: Auburn
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Former Panthers and Redskins RB Stephen Davis is suffering from short-term memory loss four years after retiring following a ten-year NFL career.
"The coaches and doctors try to get you back on the field regardless of if you’re hurt or not hurt or have a concussion," Davis said. "It’s more about getting you back on the field than making sure you’re OK. If you could put your hand on your nose, you were good to go back in." Davis, now 38, requires a TV or other background noise to drown out "constant ringing" in his ears. He also suffers from "real bad" headaches and "hates" to be in the sunlight. Davis estimates he suffered two, three or four concussions "every other game." Wed, Jul 11, 2012 09:24:00 PM

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Stephen Davis will sign a one-day contract so he can retire a Panther.

Davis played ten years, finishing with three Pro Bowls, 8,052 rushing yards (4.1 YPC), and 65 TDs, good for 30th most all time. His best year was with the Redskins in 1999, when he scored 17 times. A true power back, his 2003 free agent signing was arguably the best of the John Fox-Marty Hurney era. Carolina won the NFC that year, but lost to New England in the Super Bowl.
Mon, Feb 25, 2008 10:16:00 PM

The Denver Post believes free agent Stephen Davis will get calls from teams before the start of the season.

He was solid for the Rams behind Steven Jackson last year, but has chronic knee pain. Davis won't be more than a backup no matter where he signs.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Aug 12, 2007 10:52:00 AM

Free agent Stephen Davis told the Rams he couldn't carry the ball more than ten times-per-game due to chronic knee troubles.

If Davis signs with anyone this year, it's won't be until August or September because the 33-year-old isn't ready to take the pounding of an entire offseason. Davis also may be considering retirement.
Wed, Apr 25, 2007 08:43:00 AM

The Rams are interested in retaining free agent Stephen Davis.

Davis had a bad fumble near mid-season in 2006 but it was his only one all year and he averaged 4.4 yards-per-carry. With so many viable, cheap options available it would be odd for St. Louis to invest a large signing bonus in someone like Dominic Rhodes, as has been suggested.
Wed, Feb 14, 2007 07:53:00 PM

Pending free-agent RB Stephen Davis plans to be a Ram in 2007.

It won't be too difficult to upgrade over Davis in the early-to-middle rounds of the draft, but why waste a pick on a backup tailback when your need area is elswehere? St. Louis may as well give Davis, who averaged 4.4 yards-per-carry in 2006, another one-year deal for about $1 million.
Sun, Jan 7, 2007 10:09:00 AM

Stephen Davis rushed twice for 18 yards in Week 8.

Davis wouldn't have gotten any Rotoworld love had he not fumbled deep in Chargers territory early in the third quarter. Davis' fumble was returned for a 79-yard touchdown by Marlon McCree, sucking the life out of the Edward Jones Dome. It could be the last time Davis gets the ball in a big spot for St. Louis.
Sun, Oct 29, 2006 07:44:00 PM

Stephen Davis didn't have a carry in Week 3.

He continues to be a unimportant part of the Rams offense. Tony Fisher had three touches to Davis' one, a four-yard catch.
Sun, Sep 24, 2006 07:54:00 PM

RB Stephen Davis was in for a total of 10 snaps in Week 2, rushing five times for 16 yards.

"The more I can get, the better I get," Davis said. "It's just a process. When I get my chances, I've just got to make the best of them. You always have to have the same mind-set, because you never know when the opportunity is going to come."
Thu, Sep 21, 2006 10:03:00 AM

Stephen Davis rushed for 16 yards on five carries in Week 2.

They were the first carries of Davis' career with the Rams. He's not an attractive handcuff for Steven Jackson, especially with the way St. Louis is managing their offense in the red zone.
Sun, Sep 17, 2006 07:19:00 PM

New Ram Stephen Davis did not touch the football in Week 1.

He wasn't on the inactives list and coach Scott Linehan said he expected Davis to play. Maybe he didn't look good in practice. Neither Davis nor Tony Fisher (five touches, 61 yards Sunday) makes a great Steven Jackson handcuff.
Sun, Sep 10, 2006 06:04:00 PM

Rams coach Scott Linehan expects Stephen Davis to play in Week 1.

Davis will be St. Louis' second-string running back this season. We still don't recommend handcuffing Steven Jackson.
Fri, Sep 1, 2006 11:44:00 PM

Rams signed RB Stephen Davis to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

It's for the league minimum with a $40,000 signing bonus. We're not sure why the Rams signed Davis now and guaranteed his contract when they could've waited until after Week 1 and taken less risk. They can't be confident in Tony Fisher and Moe Williams. Davis is expected to be St. Louis' No. 2 running back behind Steven Jackson.
Fri, Sep 1, 2006 01:41:00 PM

Stephen Davis could sign with the Rams as soon as Friday.

Why are the Rams bothering? Davis will battle Moe Williams for spot duty, but we don't think he's a serious threat to Steven Jackson on the goal line. He was a shell of his former self in Carolina last season.
Thu, Aug 31, 2006 05:21:00 PM

The Rams are reportedly ready to make a contract offer to Stephen Davis.

He again passed a physical. It's curious that St. Louis is loading up on slow veteran runners; maybe Steven Jackson's Achilles isn't as healthy as he's let on. Davis might cut into Jackson's short-yardage carries.
Wed, Aug 23, 2006 06:47:00 PM

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