GREELEY, Colo. Terrell Davis was hoping that Sunday's MRI exam would pinpoint what was causing the pain and swelling that forced him from the starting lineup against the Chicago Bears.
Unfortunately, the league's former MVP is no closer to finding an answer than he was before the exam.
"They didn't see anything that required surgery," Davis said. "I was hoping it could have been a better situation if they had seen something and said this is it. There are a lot of different variables now. It is obviously not clear. We will see and go from there."
Aside from what they didn't see, what they did see was good news. There were no signs of structural damage, only signs of chronic arthritis, which for the time being means no surgery. A welcome relief for Davis, whose had four knee surgeries over the past three years.
Team physicians will re-evaluate Davis' condition on Wednesday to try and determine when, or if he'll be able to return to practice.
"One of the reasons I can be patient is we are going to have all these other running backs get all the reps," Mike Shanahan told reporters. "TD knows the offense and knows the system. He really doesn't need a lot of reps so he won't take away from the other guys."
"The question is, 'Can he play on gameday and will that knee hold up?' We don't know the answer to that right now, but we're going to give him a chance to see if he can play, to go out there and play in these preseason games. He's not going to need many reps."
The "other guys", Olandis Gary and second round draft pick Clinton Portis, will share the bulk of the load this week during camp in preparation for Saturday nights contest against the San Francisco 49ers.
Davis' status remains day to day, but without significant improvement throughout the week, it is highly unlikely that Shanahan would risk the eight-year veteran on a preseason game.
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