Pro Dawgs Roundup - Week 1

Davis makes triumphant return on Monday Night; Hearst looks solid in first game; Ward signs four-year contract extension.

Terrell Davis rushed for 101 yards on 21 carries during the Broncos' 31-20 Monday night victory over the Giants. Davis showed signs of returning to his MVP form after slowly recovering from knee and leg injuries during the past two seasons.

Davis started out slowly and gained 27 yards on his first 12 carries but churned out 74 yards on his last 9 carries. He had a long run of 26 yards in the fourth quarter.

"That's beautiful," Davis said. "It's what I have been working for a long time. Hopefully, when the season is over I can look back and see that I played in every game."

Olandis Gary, relegated to third-string, played on special teams in limited action. Even with his lack of playing time, Gary is still the ultimate team player.

"No, man. There is a lot of football to be played," said Gary, who missed 15 games last season after knee surgery. "This will give me a chance to heal that knee up even more. I know I'll get some carries before it's all done."

Davis also reached a team milestone by becoming the first Broncos running back to rush for over 7,000 yards. He now has 7,007 for his career, which started in 1995.

While Garrison Hearst didn't gain 100 yards on Sunday, he did look solid in his return from a two-year hiatus caused by a broken ankle. Hearst gained 48 yards on 14 carries and 24 yards on 4 receptions. He helped set up the game-winning field goal with an 10-yard run in overtime.

Steelers WR Hines Ward now has 10 million reasons to smile. Ward signed a four-year extension worth $9.5 million including a $2.5 million signing bonus. Including the $512,000 salary for his season, the deal is for five years and $10,012,000.

Ward is the starting flanker for the Steelers after an unbelievable career at Georgia from 1994-1997. Ward played quarterback, running back, and receiver while gaining almost 4,000 all-purpose yards. recently conducted an interview with Ward.

Notes: Steelers LB Kendrell Bell made his first career start but left the game early with a sprained ankle. He is expected to play Sunday against Cleveland. Ward also suffered a sprained ankle and is also expected to play this week....Former Patriots RB Robert Edwards, who was released in August, tried out recently for the Browns and Ravens. Most teams are waiting to sign free agent veterans after the first game due to salary cap implications. If they sign a veteran before the first game, the player's salary is guaranteed....Patriots first-round draft pick Richard Seymour missed the first game with a high leg injury suffered during game-week practices. Seymour should make his NFL debut in Week 2.

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