Buford grad Walker back in NFL after signing with Rams

ST. LOUIS - Darius Walker's NFL career is back on again.

The St. Louis Rams signed the Buford grad to their practice squad on Tuesday, attempting to bolster a running back corps that is lacking in depth.

St. Louis also signed Samkon Gado, who played for the Texans and Dolphins last year, but has not played this season. The team's feature back, Steven Jackson, returned last week after missing one game with a thigh injury but had only 17 yards on seven carries and sat most of the second half.

Backup Antonio Pittman injured his hamstring on the first play and Travis Minor sustained a concussion.

The only other back on St. Louis' roster is Kenneth Darby, who has yet to dress for a game.

Walker, 23, set a state record for touchdowns in a season as a Buford senior in 2003, when the Wolves won the last of their three straight state championships. He also had a standout career at Notre Dame - rushing for 3,249 yards and catching 109 passes - and declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season.

After going undrafted, he signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans. He played in four games, starting two, with the Texans in 2007. He rushed 58 times for 264 yards and a touchdown and also caught 13 passes for 81 yards.

He was released by the Texans in late August, but was signed to the practice squad and then promoted to the active roster. Houston waived the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder on Oct. 25.