Davis loses battle to be Rams backup QB

News-DemocratAugust 31, 2013 

— Austin Davis, who lost the battle to unseat Kellen Clemens as the St. Louis Rams' backup quarterback, was released Saturday.

The Rams cut 19 players, a list that included linebacker Josh Hill, tight ends Philip Lutzenkirchen and Zach Potter and safety Cody Davis.

Also cut were wide receivers Emory Blake, Nick Johnson and Justin Veltung, defensive ends Mason Brodine and R.J. Washington, linebacker Sammy Brown, defensive tackle Garrett Goebel, safety Rashard Hall, cornerbacks Andre Martin, Drew Thomas and Darren Woodard, tackles Sean Hooey and D.J. Young and fullback Eric Stevens.

Tackle Ty Nsekhe was waived injured, while the Rams reached an injury settlement with offensive lineman Ryan Lee, who was waived injured earlier this week.

Linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and running back Isaiah Pead have been placed on the reserve-suspended list, so neither player counts against the Rams' 53-man roster.

Dunbar has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Pead is suspended for the Rams' season-opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 8 for violating the league's policy for substance abuse.

It appears the Rams are willing to go into the 2013 season with only two quarterbacks -- starter Sam Bradford and Clemens -- on their roster.

Clemens' performance in the Rams' final preseason game might have saved his job. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 188 yards in a 24-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Clemens also showed his toughness by returning to action after sustaining a broken nose.

Davis, a second-year player out of Southern Mississippi, completed 28 of 54 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions during the preseason. He is eligible to be signed to the Rams' practice squad if he clears waivers.

Hull was one of the Rams' core special teams performers the past two seasons. The emergence of rookie linebackers Ray Ray Armstrong, Jonathan Stewart and Daren Bates made him expendable.

Potter, a four-year veteran, caught a touchdown pass last week against the Denver Broncos.

The Rams only kept five wide receivers -- Chris Givens, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick, Austin Pettis and Stedman Bailey.

One surprise survivor of the roster cuts is running back Chase Reynolds, who has spent time on the Rams' practice squad the past couple of years.

Reynolds scored the game-winning touchdown on a 17-yard reception with 2:40 left to play against the Ravens.

Reynolds' roster spot could be in danger when Pead returns from his suspension.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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