Steelers' Davenport ready to return Sunday

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The Steelers last night decided to pass on signing Verron Haynes after they determined that halfback Najeh Davenport was healthy enough to play Sunday in New England.

Davenport's right foot swelled after he underwent an accupuncture treatment on it away from the Steelers' facility and not supervised by their medical staff. He did not dress Sunday because of the swelling, then he traveled to Miami for the Monday funeral of his former college teammate, Sean Taylor.

The Steelers, in the meantime, worked out Haynes, their former back who they released before the season. They wanted to have someone ready in case the swelling in Davenport's right foot jeopardized his availability for their game in New England on Sunday.

Once they examined Davenport late on Monday after his return home, they decided not to sign Haynes.


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