DENVER, COLO. What seemed too good to be true turned out to be exactly that, at least as far as Terrell Davis is concerned.
Following his two game return as the Broncos starting running back, the former National Football League's M.V.P. learned that his left knee, once considered his good knee, would require immediate surgery to repair a slightly torn cartilage.
While not as extensive as previous surgeries, the procedure is expected to sideline Davis a minimum of 10-12 days, translating into this weekend's game against Washington and, more than likely, Thanksgiving Day's contest against Dallas.
"I know it's tough on you, you've been playing well, Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan told Davis on Monday. "You've come back, and all of a sudden you get a meniscus tear on your other knee. You've got to hang in there, you've got to fight through it."
Unfortunately, fighting through it is something that Davis is reluctantly getting used to.
So far this season Davis has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the same knee that had reconstructive surgery in October, 1999, and now today's procedure on his left knee, performed at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail.
"It's tough on him, but I think he understands the situation," said Shanahan. "He's tough-minded. He'll work through it and come back hopefully as strong as he has the last couple of weeks."
In his absence, Mike Anderson will get the starting nod while Olandis Gary, who has been inactive the past two weeks, will serve as backup.
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