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'Hard Knocks' fullback to work out for Eagles

If you watched any of "Hard Knocks" on HBO, you remember fullback Jason Davis.

'Hard Knocks' fullback to work out for Eagles

If you watched any of "Hard Knocks" on HBO, you remember fullback Jason Davis.

Davis made no bones about how he viewed himself and promised Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum that he would beat the Jets butts whenever he had the chance with another team after the Jets released him. He used more colorful language, by the way.

Well, now Davis is on his way to Philadelphia to work out for the Eagles, who are in need of a fullback following Leonard Weaver's likely season-ending ACL tear. Weaver is scheduled to have an MRI. If it confirms the initial diagnosis, his season is expected to be over.

"Leaving a relaxing weekend in Knoxville to go workout for the Eagles. This is where my NFL journey began," Davis wrote this morning on Twitter. Davis apparently was in town for the Tennessee-Oregon game Saturday.

Davis was signed by the Eagles in 2006 as an undrafted free agent out of Illionois. He injured a knee in the first preseason game and was put on injured reserve. He spent the entire 2007 season on the practice squad. He was with the Raiders for part of 2008 and with the Bears in 2008 and 2009 before being claimed off waivers by the Jets.

After he was released by the Jets at the end of training camp, he also recently worked out for the Bengals.

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While the quarterback issues stir here in Philadelphia, the Lions are expected to have Shaun Hill under center for next week's game against the Eagles. Matthew Stafford injured his throwing shoulder in the first half against the Bears and could barely move his arm after the game. His status is unknown, pending X-rays and MRI, but 2-3 weeks seems like the minimum, based on preliminary reports.

Hill played the entire second half yesterday, going 9-for-19 for 88 yards with an interception and a fumble.

So, who is Shaun Hill? Hill, a Maryland product, is in his ninth NFL season, having spent the first four seasons of his career with Minnesota and the next four with San Francisco. He started 16 games over four seasons, including eight in 2008, but was traded to Detroit in March when the 49ers added David Carr as the backup to Alex Smith.

The Lions signed him to a 1-year extension and now he is their starting QB, or so it seems.

"It's my job to be ready no matter what and I feel like that's been my M.O. my whole career," Hill said. "Even when I spent all those years as a (third quarterback), I always felt like I prepared like I was going to play, and it's for situations like this."

Said coach Jim Schwartz, "There's a reason we have Shaun Hill on this team. That's' cause Shaun's an experienced quarterback and he can lead us to wins. So if Matt's not able to go, we have a lot of belief in Shaun."

 

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