TD goes under the knife

Denver Broncos running back <b>Terrell Davis</b> will be sidelined a minimum of 4 - 6 weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Terrell Davis has once again gone under the knife, as the former NFL MVP underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to relieve swelling in his right knee.

It is the same knee in which Davis tore his ACL in 1999. That injury, coupled with a stress reaction in his lower left leg the following year, caused Davis to miss 24 of 33 games during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

Although the Broncos have not yet released an official statement on Davis condition, head coach Mike Shanahan labeled the surgery a success, after doctors removed some debris and repaired a small tear in the cartilage.

"Doctors said the surgery went well, it will take two to three weeks for him to recover and four to six weeks before he's able to play,'' Shanahan told reporters Thursday.

"You always hate to lose a great player. Common sense says every time you go in there and have to do surgery, the chances are a little less likely you can come back as you were. Hopefully, Terrell will be able to come back and help this football team before the season is over."

Davis was originally listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, after swelling developed following practice. Today, however, his status was changed to definitely out.

Davis joins fellow Broncos Ed McCaffrey and Howard Griffith as the third starter to go down so far this season. While McCaffrey and Griffith are presumably done for the season, Davis hopes to be back by midseason.

In his place, Denver plans on starting Mike Anderson, who was informed of the surgery when Davis spoke with him after practice on Wednesday.

"It kind of came as a shocker," Anderson told reporters. "Terrell told me himself after practice what was about to take place. "He was letting me know before anybody else did, so I could get ready."

"He was pretty bummed out about it. But he looked at it as something that he had to do. He has to find out what's going on in his leg. He had been putting it off, I guess, since training camp. He wasn't feeling right. His knee was all swollen."

Olandis Gary has been moved up to second-string and his playing time is obviously expected to increase.  Gary will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.  It is now thought that the Broncos will do anything they can to re-sign the third-year running back.

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