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Sports briefs for Oct. 22, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Rams add Davis, Quinn at quarterback

The St. Louis Rams added two quarterbacks to their roster Tuesday when they brought back Austin Davis and signed veteran Brady Quinn.

To make room for the pair on the active roster, the Rams released offensive lineman Brandon Washington and placed starting quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve. Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury against Carolina on Sunday.

Davis and Quinn will be expected to serve as backups to Kellen Clemens, who was named Monday by coach Jeff Fisher as the starter.

Davis spent 2012 as the third quarterback in St. Louis and spent this summer with the Rams as well before being cut after Clemens won the battle for the backup spot.

Quinn was cut by the Jets on Monday when they activated David Garrard.

Ex-Texans DE Montgomery denies pot was reason

Former Houston Texans defensive end Sam Montgomery, through his agent on Tuesday, denied an ESPN.com report that he was released by the team for marijuana use.

“It is our position that the story written about Sam Montgomery by ESPN which sets forth that he was dismissed from the Houston Texans for using marijuana is completely inaccurate,” agent Jeff Guerriero said in a statement sent by text message to ESPN.com. “Mr. Montgomery was dismissed from the team for allegedly violating a team rule. This can be confirmed by the Houston Texan personnel.”

The Texans released three players Monday for violating team rules — Montgomery, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson and running back Cierre Wood. The rules violation occurred at the Texans’ hotel in Kansas City on Saturday night, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans declined to expand beyond coach Gary Kubiak’s comments at a Monday news conference.

Mavericks waive four players

The Dallas Mavericks released four players Tuesday, requesting waivers on Renaldo Balkman, Devin Ebanks, D.J. Kennedy and Fab Melo.

All four players were invited to camp on nonguaranteed deals.

Balkman (6-foot-8, 225) saw action in four preseason games for the Mavericks and averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per contest.

Ebanks (6-9, 215) played in three Mavericks’ preseason games and averaged 4.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 10.4 minutes.

Kennedy (6-6, 215) averaged 1.0 point, 1.2 rebounds and 7.4 minutes for Dallas in five preseason games.

Melo (7-0, 255) competed in three games this preseason and averaged 1.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 8.9 minutes for the Mavericks.

Redskins’ Meriweather appeals 2-game suspension

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has appealed his two-game suspension by the NFL for repeat violations of the rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, multiple sources reported Tuesday.

Meriweather, 29, was cited for two illegal hits in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver and again in the fourth quarter for a hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver.

The appeal will be heard on Wednesday, according to USA Today. The Redskins face the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Meriweather’s base salary this season is $1.2 million. A two-game suspension would cost him $141,176 if he loses the appeal.

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