Pro Dawgs Update: Davis Hurt Again

<b>Quick Hits:</b> Davis expected to miss 2 games; Hearst running strong in comeback. Ward on pace for career highs.

Denver Bronco and former Georgia running back Terrell Davis has suffered another setback in his comeback from leg injuries over the past two years. The former NFL MVP underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to miss two games.

The good news is that Davis didn't re-injure the right knee, which was reconstructed in 1999 to repair a torn ACL. Davis missed six games earlier this season after surgery to fix a partially torn MCL in the right knee.

The latest injury occurred during Sunday's 26-16 victory over the San Diego Chargers. After being tackled on an 11-yard reception, Davis started limping and was not as effective the rest of the game.

Davis ran for 51 yards on 14 carries in the first half and only gained 32 yards on 19 carries in the second half.

Another former Dawg Olandis Gary, inactive the last two games, will again resume the backup role behind new starter Mike Anderson. Gary's playing time seems to be directly related to Davis's health.

Gary will become a restricted free agent after the season. The longterm health of Davis will influence Denver's attempts to re-sign the third-year player.

Davis has missed 30 of the past 38 games. He earned a $750,000 roster bonus for being active on Sunday, his third game of the season.


  • Titans linebacker Randall Godfrey missed the first regular season start of his career on Monday night. Godfrey had arthroscopic knee surgery last week to repair cartilage damage and is also nursing a broken finger and thumb along with a sprained wrist. Godfrey leads the Titans with 68 tackles. He is expected to play next week against the Bengals.
  • 49er Garrison Hearst broke the 100-yard barrier for the first time since 1998 with a 17-carry, 145-yard performance on Sunday. Hearst rushed for 97 yards in the fourth quarter of a 28-27 win over the Saints. Hearst is on pace to gain over 1,100 yards for the season which would make him a lock for NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Hearst won the award in 1995 by rushing for 1,070 yards and coming back from an injured knee (sprained MCL). Hearst has 578 yards on 118 carries (4.9 yards/carry).
  • Steelers receiver Hines Ward has 50 receptions for 483 yards in 8 games. Ward tallied 48 catches for 672 yards in 16 games last season.
  • Quarterback Eric Zeier, a former member of the Browns, Ravens, Buccaneers, and Falcons, tried out for the Panthers last week. Zeier was not signed possibly due to a lack of experience running a West Coast offense.

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