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Former Vandal gets start

David Vobora is “Mr. Irrelevant” no more.

The final player selected in the 2008 draft will get his first start at linebacker today for the St. Louis Rams as they open the season at Seattle.

“I’m excited. It’s a great opportunity,” Vobora said Friday. “I’ve been watching a lot of film and doing my preparation and, hopefully, that will translate into good play on the field.”

Vobora, from the University of Idaho, was the 252nd player chosen in the 2008 draft. The final pick annually earns the title “Mr. Irrelevant.”

Vobora moved into the starting role when the Rams cut veteran Chris Draft on Thursday. The 11-year veteran declined to take a pay cut in the final year of his three-year contract.

Seymour joins Raiders

Richard Seymour ended his five-day sit out and joined the Oakland Raiders, saying he was initially “blindsided” by the trade from the New England Patriots.

Seymour was acquired last Sunday for a 2011 first-round pick but did not report to the Raiders, raising speculation he did not want to join Oakland.

Browns’ Davis injured

Browns rookie running back James Davis sustained an unspecified head injury in a minor one-car accident and was briefly hospitalized in Cleveland.

Davis, a sixth-round draft pick, is questionable for today’s season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Browns said Davis got into the accident at 8 a.m. as he was driving to the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio. He was held for observation at a hospital and then released.



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