Justin Davis

Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #33
Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #33

Justin Davis News

Cut from practice squad

The Cardinals cut Davis from the practice squad Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Davis spent a month on Arizona's practice squad, but he's now been cut to make room for Miles Brown on the unit. The 23-year-old running back will look to catch on in a depth capacity elsewhere in the league.

Oct 3, 2019 10:52 AM EST

Signs with Cards' practice squad

Davis signed with Arizona's practice squad Tuesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Davis had a solid performance in the Rams' preseason finale Thursday, rushing 16 times for 78 yards and a touchdown in addition to a 14-yard reception. The 23-year-old had a very slim chance at making Los Angeles' roster -- what with their multitude of options in the backfield -- but now he can focus on developing with Arizona's practice squad.

Sep 3, 2019 3:21 PM EST

Produces 92 scrimmage yards

Davis carried 16 times for 78 yards and a touchdown while adding a 14-yard reception during Thursday's preseason win over the Texans.

Analysis: Davis averaged a respectable 4.9 yards per carry as he easily led the team in rushing yardage. After coming into the game on the team's third possession, he scored on a two-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter before punching in the extra point attempt. While Davis' effort surely caught the eye of the coaching staff, the team already has a multitude of backfield options and could still part ways with him when roster cuts are announced.

Aug 29, 2019 9:58 PM EST

Returns from concussion

Davis (concussion) carried five times for 22 yards and caught both his targets for an additional six yards during Saturday's 14-10 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Davis missed last week's game after suffering a head injury, but he returned after healing up and led the team in rushing yards while averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He appears to be fully healthy moving forward and will now look to lock up a roster spot in what could be a crowded backfield group. Davis' next opportunity to stake his claim Saturday against the Broncos.

Aug 18, 2019 8:13 AM EST

Suffers concussion

Davis did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders due to a concussion, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Davis suffered the concussion during practice earlier this week and has likely been going through the league's concussion protocol since. He should be considered day-to-day until he is clear of any concussion-like symptoms.

Aug 11, 2019 9:03 PM EST

Fighting for roster spot

Davis seemingly finds himself in a competition with John Kelly for the final roster spot in Los Angeles' backfield, Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Even with Todd Gurley fighting through knee issues, it seems the Rams' backfield has become fairly crowded. Malcolm Brown signed a two-year contract March 22 and the Rams selected Darrell Henderson in the third round of the 2019 Draft, and both seem like the clear choices for any reps not given to Gurley this season. That leaves Davis to compete directly with John Kelly for the final spot in the backfield. Kelly appeared in four games last season, recording 29 touches for 101 total yards, while Davis saw action in 11 games and logged two carries for 19 yards.

Jun 21, 2019 3:23 PM EST

Sitting divisional round

Davis (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Cowboys, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Davis was previously dealing with a shoulder issue but he had no limitations at practice this week. Todd Gurley (knee) is set to retake his starting role with C.J. Anderson serving as the No. 2 running back, sending Davis back to the inactive list.

Jan 12, 2019 3:52 PM EST

Ready to go for Week 17

Davis (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: While nursing the shoulder injury ahead of last week's win over the Cardinals, Davis was ultimately active for the game but didn't log any snaps on offense or special teams. After taking part in every practice in Week 17 -- including a full showing Friday -- Davis looks to be in a better place on the health front entering the season finale. That could enable Davis to have a role in the game plan this time around with Todd Gurley (knee) still sidelined, though it's likely that C.J. Anderson will rank as the top option out of the backfield after turning in a credible performance last week in his team debut (20 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown).

Dec 30, 2018 12:12 PM EST

Listed as questionable again

Davis (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official website reports.

Analysis: Davis was active last week while dealing with the same shoulder injury, but he didn't play any snaps in a 31-9 win over the Cardinals. He may be headed for another week as nothing more than an emergency option, with C.J. Anderson and John Kelly both better bets to handle the snaps vacated by Todd Gurley (knee).

Dec 28, 2018 2:16 PM EST

Maintains limited participation

Davis (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: In a Week 16 win at Arizona, Davis missed out on a chance to fill in for Todd Gurley (knee) due to a shoulder injury of his own. With more reps under his belt than Gurley this week, Davis could get in the act behind C.J. Anderson and John Kelly in a backfield sans the Rams' top runner. Coach Sean McVay has said Gurley doesn't need to practice in order to play, so Davis could be relegated to special-teams duty or even inactive status in that reality, with Anderson and Kelly better options to spell Gurley.

Dec 27, 2018 5:54 PM EST

Limited by shoulder

Davis (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's walk-through, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Davis' listing is merely an estimation, but the Rams still have two sessions in which to give him some on-field reps this week. While he was active this past Sunday, Davis did not take the field. Instead, C.J. Anderson (20 carries) and John Kelly (10) benefited in the absence of Todd Gurley (knee). A similar breakdown may happen in the regular-season finale if the Rams opt to get Gurley and Davis healthy for the playoffs.

Dec 26, 2018 2:49 PM EST

Available in absence of Gurley

Davis (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday in Arizona, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Despite missing practice all week due to a shoulder injury, Davis will be available to a backfield without the services of Todd Gurley (knee). The breakdown of potential touches between Davis, John Kelly and C.J. Anderson is unclear, but coach Sean McVay hinted Anderson would get the start if this was the reality. Perhaps Davis' availability will change that, especially since the second-year back has turned three career carries into 20 yards.

Dec 23, 2018 11:46 AM EST

Status uncertain Sunday

Davis (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Davis and fellow running back Todd Gurley (knee) are the only players that will carry designations into the weekend after neither player practiced in any fashion Wednesday through Friday. Coach Sean McVay noted that Gurley's status would be decided after a pregame workout, but it's not known if the same opportunity will be extended to Davis. Even if Gurley sits out and Davis plays, the Rams would likely take a committee approach to the backfield that would likely keep the newly signed C.J. Anderson and rookie John Kelly involved.

Dec 21, 2018 1:23 PM EST

No go Thursday

Davis (shoulder) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: If healthy, Davis would stand to benefit in the event Todd Gurley (knee) is limited or sidelined Sunday in Arizona. Unfortunately, Davis has joined Gurley in the trainer's room all week due to a shoulder injury. There's an expectation within the organization that Gurley will give it a go this weekend, but no such sentiment has been expressed about Davis. The remaining backfield options in LA are John Kelly and recent addition C.J. Anderson.

Dec 20, 2018 4:50 PM EST

Misses walk-through

Davis (shoulder) didn't take part in Wednesday's walk-through practice, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: If he was healthy, Davis likely would be the primary running back to target in a backfield that may be without Todd Gurley (knee) down the stretch. Sure, coach Sean McVay expects Gurley to suit up Sunday in Arizona, but the stud back could be shut down early if the Rams get out to a big lead. Prior to that happening, though, Gurley and Davis will have to get through the week of prep unscathed. With the duo out Wednesday, John Kelly and veteran C.J. Anderson took on all the RB reps.

Dec 19, 2018 3:23 PM EST

Candidate for increased reps

Davis (shoulder) could see additional snaps Sunday if Todd Gurley (knee) is unable to play, though Davis' status will be monitored throughout the week as well, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Davis exited Sunday's contest against the Eagles with a shoulder injury, which could put a possible role expansion in Week 16 on hold. Given how heavily the Rams utilize Gurley, it isn't surprising that Davis saw just four offensive snaps versus the Eagles on Sunday and has taken just five overall this season. Davis would likely slot in behind John Kely in the pecking order for carries against the Cardinals if Gurley sits, but Davis' status is something to watch as well.

Dec 18, 2018 7:36 AM EST

Injures shoulder

Davis hurt his shoulder during Sunday's game against the Eagles and is questionable to return, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Davis took one carry for no gain prior to his exit in the second quarter. John Kelly will handle whatever scraps Todd Gurley leaves behind if Davis can't rejoin the contest.

Dec 16, 2018 6:35 PM EST

Breaks off career-long run

Davis rushed once for 19 yards during Sunday's 15-6 loss to Chicago. It was his first carry of the season, and he had just a single run as a rookie last year.

Analysis: With Malcolm Brown (shoulder) out, it was Davis who spelled No. 1 back Todd Gurley on the final play of the game. Gurley played each of the previous 62 offensive snaps, so even though Davis was the first man up behind the bell-cow runner, it's probably not a great virtual setup. Davis likely shouldn't be viewed as a reliable option in the majority of fantasy settings.

Dec 10, 2018 1:11 PM EST

Competing with Kelly

Davis will compete with John Kelly for backup work while Malcolm Brown (clavicle) is unavailable, Gary Klein of the LA Times reports.

Analysis: Todd Gurley doesn't leave many snaps or touches for his backup, but there is some chance he'll be rested Week 17 if the Rams don't have anything left to play for. Brown, who may miss the rest of the season, capitalized on that very scenario last year with 18 touches in a meaningless loss to the 49ers. Kelly is a sixth-round rookie who outplayed Davis during the preseason, but the latter does have the advantage of an extra year in coach Sean McVay's system. We may not have an answer about the new No. 2 back until/unless the Rams sub Gurley out during Sunday's game in Chicago.

Dec 5, 2018 10:30 AM EST

Inactive Monday

Davis (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's matchup with the Raiders, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Davis was limited in practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury before returning to full participation on Friday and Saturday. He's listed as the fourth-string running back on the depth chart, so playing time may be hard to come by for the 22-year-old this season.

Sep 10, 2018 6:23 PM EST

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