Rams sign RB Norwood

By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Running back Jerious Norwood has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the St. Louis Rams, who need a backup for Steven Jackson.

The 28-year-old Norwood is on the sideline Tuesday night as the Rams practice in 102-degree heat.

The former Mississippi State standout spent almost all of last season on injured reserve with the Atlanta Falcons after injuring his right knee on a kickoff return. Norwood missed six games in 2009 when he had a career-low 252 yards rushing in 10 games, including four starts.

He had a career high 633 yards rushing as a rookie in 2006 and 613 in 2007.

Jackson made his third Pro Bowl last year, rushing for 1,241 yards for third-best in the NFC. He’s the franchise’s career leading rushing leader with 7,948 yards.

Also, the Rams and linebacker Brady Poppinga, released by the Packers last week, have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

The 31-year-old Poppinga played his first six seasons and was a backup the past two years. He’s coming off a knee injury that limited him to six games last season.

Poppinga is expected to compete for an outside linebacker spot.