Davis waived

Unable to pass the pre-season physical, all-time great running back Terrell Davis was waived by the Broncos on Thursday prior to the opening of training camp. Davis would still like to play, but steps aside to make roster room for Denver.

BRONCOS RELEASE RB TERRELL DAVIS July 24, 2003 - The Denver Broncos Thursday waived running back Terrell Davis, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

"(Terrell) does not feel like he is in the optimum condition to pass the physical," Shanahan said. "He doesnít want to retire; he wants to keep on working. I told him, 'You keep on working and if you feel like you can pass the physical, (and are in) the condition to pass the physical, we would love to have you back.'"

Davis, who spent the entire 2002 season on injured reserved, has been limited to 17 games in the past four seasons while battling various injuries in both legs.

"He wants to come back as a Denver Bronco, but we will end up waiving him now," Shanahan said. "I just know he has not lost that urge to try to come back right now. He wants to keep that window open, but how long he keeps it open, I do not know."

Davis' first four NFL seasons were as spectacular and accomplished as those of any running back in pro football history. Davis suffered a setback last year, and spent the entire season on the injured reserve list. His last playing time came in 2001 with starts in each of the final five games. It marked the first time since the end of the 1998 season that Davis had been able to stay injury-free and play in more than four consecutive games, and in that span he averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 89.4 yards per game. Davis was limited to just nine games over the course of the 1999-2000 seasons due to knee and lower leg injuries, and was able to play in just three of the Broncosí first 11 games in 2001 before regaining his health and catching his stride in Week 12.

Davis' 1999 season was reduced to just four games because of a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and a partially torn medial collateral ligament, as well as cartilage damage. He managed just five games (four starts) in 2000 because of ankle and lower leg injuries that began in the opening game and hounded him throughout the season.

In 2001 Davis underwent a right knee scope after Week 1 and a left knee scope after Week 9, missing a total of eight games in the process. Prior to the injuries, Davis was clearly at the top of his game and was arguably the leagueís most outstanding player, coming off a 1998 season in which he was voted the National Football Leagueís Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press, as the Broncos claimed their second straight World Championship. Davis, MVP of Super Bowl XXXII, is one of just nine players in NFL history to win both League and Super Bowl MVP honors in his career, joining Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Marcus Allen, John Elway, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Emmitt Smith and Kurt Warner. He was voted to NFLís All-Decade team for the 1990s (second team).

Davis led the AFC in rushing for three straight seasons, from 1996-98, and won his first NFL rushing title in '98 after finishing second behind Detroitís Barry Sanders for two years prior. He set the all-time NFL record for most rushing yards gained (2,476) in a regular and postseason combined in 1998, after setting the mark for combined attempts (495) in 1997. Davis also owns the best postseason per-rush (5.6) and per-game (142.5) averages in NFL history, while holding the third best per-game average for regular season play (97.5; Jim Brown is No. 1 at 104.3 and Barry Sanders is No. 2 at 99.8).

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