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  Rams | Not expected to bring back Kenneth Darby    Sun May 8, 06:48 PM

The St. Louis Rams are not expected to re-sign free-agent RB Kenneth Darby this offseason.

Footballguys view: The team has been looking for an adequate backup behind star RB Steven Jackson. Keith Toston is likely not the answer, so expect the Rams to be very active in free agency to fill that hole on their roster. An undrafted back like Darren Evans may interest the team.

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  Rams | Three not tendered    Thu Mar 3, 01:34 PM

The St. Louis Rams did not tender offers to CB Quincy Butler, RB Kenneth Darby or LB Curtis Johnson, making them free agents, according to NFL.com.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby practices Friday    Fri Dec 24, 06:27 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (chest) practiced Friday, Dec. 24, and is probable for Week 16. Darby will wear a flak jacket and will return as the backup to RB Steven Jackson.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby to wear extra padding    Fri Dec 24, 12:12 AM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (rib) will wear extra padding in the Week 16 game against San Francisco to protect his fractured rib, reports Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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  Rams | Three limited Thursday    Thu Dec 23, 04:51 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (chest), OT Jason Smith (ankle) and DE Chris Long (thigh) were limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 23.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby looks like he will go Week 16    Thu Dec 23, 12:53 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (rib) looks like he will be able to play in the team's Week 16 game, according to StLouisRams.com.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby limited Wednesday    Wed Dec 22, 07:11 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (chest) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 22.

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  Rams | Two expected back at practice Wednesday    Tue Dec 21, 12:23 AM

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Monday, Dec. 20, that RB Kenneth Darby (ribs) and TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) are improving and expected back at practice Wednesday, Dec. 22, on a limited basis, reports Kathleen Nelson, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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  Rams | Week 15 Inactives    Sun Dec 19, 12:20 PM

The St. Louis Rams have declared LB David Nixon, OG John Greco, CB Justin King, RB Kenneth Darby, WR Mardy Gilyard, SS Michael Lewis, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, FB Mike Karney inactive for Week 15.

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  Rams | Two limited Friday    Fri Dec 17, 04:57 PM

St. Louis Rams LB David Nixon (hand) and RB Kenneth Darby (rib) were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 17, and is questionable for Week 15. Nixon is expected to play on special teams. Darby is not expected to play, and RB Keith Toston is expected to be the No. 2 running back.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby has a cracked rib    Fri Dec 17, 12:30 AM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (rib) said Thursday, Dec. 16, that he has a cracked rib, reports Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. If Darby cannot go, RB Keith Toston would likely serve as the primary backup to starting RB Steven Jackson.

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  Rams | Three limited Thursday    Thu Dec 16, 04:33 PM

St. Louis Rams LB David Nixon (hand), CB Ron Bartell (neck) and RB Kenneth Darby (chest) were limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 16.

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  Rams | Three players limited Wednesday    Wed Dec 15, 04:37 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (chest), OG Jacob Bell (knee) and CB Ron Bartell (neck) were limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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  Rams | Week 14 Inactives    Sun Dec 12, 02:51 PM

The St. Louis Rams have declared DL Jermelle Cudjo, OG John Greco, CB Justin King, RB Kenneth Darby, SS Michael Lewis, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, FB Mike Karney, CB Ron Bartell inactive for Week 14.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby doubtful for Week 14    Fri Dec 10, 05:26 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (ribs) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 10. He is listed as doubtful for Week 14 and is not expected to play. RB Keith Toston is expected to be the team's No. 2 running back in the game.

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  Rams | Four miss practice Thursday    Thu Dec 9, 04:04 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (ribs), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) and CBs Ron Bartell (neck) and Justin King (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 9.

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  Rams | Four players miss practice Wednesday    Wed Dec 8, 04:03 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (ribs), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle), CB Ron Bartell (neck) and FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 8.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby nursing sore ribs    Mon Dec 6, 08:53 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (ribs) suffered sore ribs in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals, reports Kathleen Nelson, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Darby is listed as day-to-day.

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  Rams | Steven Jackson expected to play Week 10    Fri Nov 12, 07:34 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson (finger) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 12. He is listed as probable for Week 10 and is expected to play. RB Kenneth Darby will come into the game on passing downs because Jackson still is unable to catch passes.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby probable for Week 6    Fri Oct 15, 05:43 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (ribs) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 15. He is listed as probable for Week 6 and is expected to play.

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  Rams | Two limited in Thursday practice    Thu Oct 14, 06:29 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (ribs) and DL Darell Scott (ankle) were both limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 14.

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  Rams | Eight miss practice time Wednesday    Wed Oct 13, 07:02 PM

St. Louis Rams LB Chris Chamberlain (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 13. TE Billy Bajema (knee), CB Ronald Bartell (calf), G Jacob Bell (head), RB Kenneth Darby (ribs), CB Devin Dockery (hamstring), DT Darell Scott (ankle) and LB David Vobora (hamstring) were all limited during the workouts.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby could get bulk of carries    Fri Oct 1, 01:33 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby likely would receive a bulk of the carries in Week 4 if RB Steven Jackson (groin) were not able to play in the game, reports Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby works with starters Wednesday    Thu Sep 30, 01:09 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby spent most of his time working with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Sept. 29, reports Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. RB Keith Toston also saw some snaps with the starters during practice.

Footballguys view: If Steven Jackson can't play the Rams would use a RBBC with both Darby and Toston. Darby is the more complete back, while Toston is a good change of pace runner who is effective in space.

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  Rams | Could use committee approach at running back in Week 4    Tue Sep 28, 11:10 AM

If St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson (groin) can't play in Week 4, the team could try to get by with a tandem of RBs Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston, according to Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Spagnuolo termed the play of Darby and Toston 'real solid' in Week 3, and said he'd be fine with that combo if Jackson wasn't ready. 'Based on (Sunday), yeah, how could I not be?' Spagnuolo said.

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  Rams | Steven Jackson not expected to play much in preseason    Fri Aug 13, 01:36 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson is not expected to play much at all in the preseason this year, according to The Associated Press.

Footballguys view: There's no need to get Jackson a ton of work in the preseason. He's a seasoned veteran who is coming off back surgery in April and the team's biggest weapon. In the meantime Kenneth Darby, Chris Ogbonnaya, and undrafted rookie Keith Toston will compete to be the backup behind Jackson.

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  Rams | Kenneth Darby and Clifton Ryan return    Fri Aug 13, 04:51 AM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (undisclosed) and DT Clifton Ryan (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 12, reports Kathleen Nelson, of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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  Rams | Backup RB situation remains worrisome    Sat Jul 3, 03:14 PM

Dan Arkush, from ProFootballWeekly.com, reports the Rams have many concerns after coming off a one-win season in 2009. According to their sources, the team is concerned about the lack of quality depth behind RB Steven Jackson. A team source told them "Spags (Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo) said it was no big deal (not drafting a RB), but Jackson is coming off (April 15) back surgery, and you just never know when running backs might hit that wall. It's been two years now that they've had to run Jackson to death, and it just seems very puzzling that they haven't made more of an effort to find a decent backup."

Footballguys view: The Rams currently have Kenneth Darby, Chris Ogbonnaya, and undrafted rookie free agent Keith Toston (Oklahoma State) behind Jackson. Toston may be the one to watch in this battle of the backups. Our very own Cecil Lammey saw Toston up close during the week of practice for the Shrine Game earlier this year in Orlando and came away impressed. Toston doesn't have the skill set to be a feature back, but is explosive and elusive enough to be a fine complementary back.

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  Rams | Competition for #2 RB job up for grabs?    Sun May 23, 03:27 PM

Howard Balzer, from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, reports with Steven Jackson not participating in the OTAs, Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya are the first two backs getting carries, followed by undrafted free agent Keith Toston. Ogbonnaya showed some flashes when he got the opportunity at the end of last season, with 11 carries for 50 yards and one 19-yard reception, and could be a surprise contender for the backup spot behind Jackson if no other additions occur. The personnel department remains on the lookout for a back, and former Eagles runner Brian Westbrook is expected to make a decision this week on his next team. When head coach Steve Spagnuolo was asked if he thought Ogbonnaya has the ability to be a No. 2 back, he said, "Well, they should all think that way. Any back that comes in here should be competing for that, so we'll wait and see what happens."

Footballguys view: That's not exactly a ringing endorsement for the second-year running back, and according to the report there are team insiders who believe that Jackson's backup is not currently on the roster.

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  Rams | Darby signs tender    Thu Mar 18, 10:16 PM

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams exclusive rights free-agent RB Kenneth Darby has signed his one-year tender.

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  Rams | Make qualifying offers to eight ERFAs    Sat Feb 27, 05:16 PM

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams have made one-year qualifying offers to exclusive rights free agent DE C.J. Ah You, CB Quincy Butler, RB Kenneth Darby, LB Larry Grant, WR Jordan Kent, OT Ryan McKee, FS David Roach and LB David Vobora.

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  Rams | Jackson a game-time decision     Fri Dec 18, 05:07 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson (back, illness) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 18. He is listed as questionable for Week 15 and will be a game-time decision. If he is not able to play, RBs Kenneth Darby and Samkon Gado will share carries while RB Chris Ogbonnaya could also see some carries.

Footballguys view: We wouldn't advise Jackson as anything more than a low-end RB2 anyway, so take a longer look at other options while his status is up in the air.

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  Rams | Darby, J. Smith miss practice Wednesday    Wed Dec 9, 04:18 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (illness) and OT Jason Smith (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 9.

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  Rams | Darby now #2 RB    Wed Sep 23, 10:00 AM

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports that RB Kenneth Darby has supplanted Samkon Gado as the backup to Steven Jackson. Darby had worked as the #2 in practice the previous week and even got in the game vs. the Redskins in some two RB sets.

Footballguys view: We still think the Rams will employ a committee if Jackson misses any time this season.

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  Rams | 18 on the bubble to make team    Sat Aug 29, 02:55 AM

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams QB Keith Null, QB Brock Berlin, RB Kenneth Darby, RB Antonio Pittman, FB Chris Ogbonnaya, TE Daniel Fells, WR Tim Carter, WR Ronald Curry, WR Derek Stanley, OT Renardo Foster, OG Roy Schuening, OL Phillip Trautwein, DL C.J. Ah You, DL Gary Gibson, DE Eric M. Moore, DT Hollis Thomas, LB Quinton Culberson and CB Quincy Butler are on the bubble to make the team's final roster.

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  Rams | Darby appears to be doubtful for Thursday    Wed Aug 26, 05:28 PM

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (knee) appears to be doubtful for the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 27, because of a swollen knee.

Footballguys view: Kenneth Darby is certainly on the roster bubble, and has lost his position on the depth chart to Samkon Gado and Antonio Pittman. The Rams may even decide to keep rookie Chris Ogbonnaya if Darby can't get healthy.

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  Rams | Darby misses practice Sunday    Sun Aug 23, 10:20 PM

CBSSports.com reports St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby (knee) missed the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 23, with a sprained knee and is day-to-day.

Footballguys view: If his injury keeps him sidelined for too long he could lose his roster spot to rookie RB Chris Ogbonnaya.

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  Rams | Gado passes Darby on the depth chart    Mon Aug 17, 02:47 PM

Bill Coats, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports RB Samkon Gado, who had a big game vs. the Jets, took some snaps with the No. 1 offense. Antonio Pittman, who also had a nice outing Friday, and Gado shared second-team reps. Kenneth Darby, who struggled in the preseason opener, spent most of his time with the third unit.

Footballguys view: Darby had a forgettable game against the Jets, but Gado busted off a 77-yard touchdown run. Steven Jackson owners will have to wait until the end of preseason for a clear backup to emerge, but we don't advise wasting a roster spot on any of these players.

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  Rams | Darby may have lost ground Friday    Sun Aug 16, 07:48 PM

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams RB Kenneth Darby may have lost ground Friday, Aug. 14, in his bid to be the team's No. 2 running back. Darby gained 16 yards on six carries in the preseason game, with a dropped pass and a couple of missed blitz pickups.

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  Rams | Darby currently has lead for No. 2 RB job    Tue Jul 28, 08:07 PM

Mike Sando, of ESPN.com, reports St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said RB Kenneth Darby is currently the favorite for the team's No. 2 running back job.

Footballguys view: This is good news for anyone thinking of taking Steven Jackson in the first round. Jackson has suffered significant injuries the last two seasons, so you'll probably want to handcuff him to his backup, but it hasn't been clear who that backup will be. If Darby can seize the job, you should be able to get him with a last round pick. He showed good skills as a pass catcher and a good burst in limited action last year.

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  Rams | A. Pittman, Darby top candidates for backup job    Thu Jun 11, 12:53 PM

Bill Coats, of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams RB Antonio Pittman and RB Kenneth Darby are the top candidate for the team's primary backup running back job.

Footballguys view: The Rams traded RB/FB Brian Leonard to the Bengals so that leaves Darby and Pittman as the primary backups to RB Steven Jackson. Coach Steve Spagnuolo likes what he sees so far. "I think both of the guys are picking up the system pretty well. ... I think both add certain things. I'm real anxious to see the competition when they put the pads on." Pittman is a slashing RB that does most of his damage between the tackles, but he does have deceptive speed when he gets to the open field. Darby runs hard, consistently picks up yards after contact, and is a good receiver out of the backfield. This competition won't be decided until the end of training camp.

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  Rams | Darby in lead for backup RB role    Tue Jun 9, 11:41 PM

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, reports that while there is no clear-cut backup to starting running back Steven Jackson, Kenneth Darby looks like the leading contender for the spot.

Footballguys view: Darby looked more like the back he was in his junior year at Alabama last year, instead of the disappointing player he was in his senior year, causing him to fall all the way to the 7th round. He flashed a good burst as a receiver out of the backfield, and he's the best the choice if you feel forced to handcuff someone to Jackson this year as an injury hedge.

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  Rams | S. Jackson impressed with backup backs    Fri Jun 5, 01:17 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson said he has been impressed with backup RBs Kenneth Darby and Antonio Pittman.

Footballguys view: 'I think all the guys are able to run routes and it really allows us to set up different matchups. We can go two backs on the field sometimes,' Jackson said. Antonio Pittman was rated as high as the #2 RB by some in the scouting community when he came out of college in 2007. While not the biggest runner he has deceptive strength between the tackles and has the agility and balance to run through arm tackles consistently. Kenneth Darby is an efficient runner that has good instincts and the quick burst to get through small holes. Both Darby and Pittman started their careers elsewhere but so far they've been fairly impressive during their time in St. Louis. The Rams want a run-heavy offense in 2009 featuring Steven Jackson, and his backup could see spot duty when Jackson needs a breather.

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