Steelers activate Woods, release Davenport


Steelers Promote Linebacker Donovan Woods to Active Roster;
Release Running Back Najeh Davenport

The Steelers made a roster move today when they promoted rookieLB Donovan Woodsto their active roster.

Woods (6-2, 230), who originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent from Oklahoma State, made the team's opening day 53-man roster and played in a total of four games. He missed two games (Weeks 3-4) with a hamstring injury but has a total of five special teams tackles. Woods was released on Oct. 25 and signed back to the Steelers' practice squad on Nov. 1.

The Steelers made room on their roster for Woods by releasing running backNajeh Davenport. Davenport, who was re-signed by the team early last month, 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.) during his Steelers career.

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