Berea Report: Another Davis Bites the Dust

Mike brings the latest from Berea with his Thursday night report, which features Andre Davis heading to the IR, breakfast on the Big Uglies, and more about a rookie at the helm...

BEREA – Another Davis is done for the season.

On a week when coach Butch Davis resigned and middle linebacker Andra Davis suffered a season-ending, receiver Andre Davis is done for the year with two toe injuries.

Davis was inactive against Philadelphia Oct. 24 with the first injury. After the bye, he returned to play against Baltimore Nov. 7, but he injured the other toe when he hit the turf hard after jumping high for a pass. He hasn't played since.

"That's one thing that's really hurt us," interim coach Terry Robiskie said of Davis' absence. "He's been our big-play guy. Every week he was suffering with that toe, and every week he said, ‘Let's give it a try.' He tries it one or two times, and the next thing you know he's stumbling.

"The more and more the doctors looked at it, they more they thought it wasn't getting better. They said he needs surgery and that he won't be back for another two or three weeks. I said if that's the case, we might as well look into doing the surgery sooner rather than later."

LUKE AT THE HELM: Luke McCown again took the majority of repetitions in practice Thursday. Jeff Garcia, who has a sore right shoulder, took a few snaps, while Kelly Holcomb wasn't able to practice because of three cracked ribs.

BREAKFAST ON US: Robiskie ended Thursday's practice with a throwing contest to see whether the offensive or defensive linemen would buy breakfast for the rest of the team. Phil Banko, a defensive assistant, and Gerard Warren represented the defense. Mike Sullivan, who coaches offensive linemen, and Melvin Fowler represented the offense. The first person to hit an upright from the 15-yard line won the competition.

Because Banko was the winner, the offensive linemen have to buy breakfast.

ROBO (HEART) ANTONIO: Robiskie likes what he's seen of receiver Antonio Bryant, who has 19 receptions for 262 yards and two touchdowns since joining the team Oct. 19. Robiskie indicated that he agreed with the trade that sent receiver Quincy Morgan to Dallas for Bryant.

"We thought it was the best thing at that particular time," Robiskie said. "Quincy didn't want to be here, and Dallas didn't want Antonio. We thought it was a great fit."

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