Fullback sidesteps surgery

Fullback Najeh Davenport, taken in the fourth round of the recent NFL draft by the Packers, did not participate in drills in Green Bay's post-draft minicamp. It is uncertain if he will participate in the team's upcoming June minicamp.<p>

Davenport, who played for the University of Miami (Fla.), broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot last December while practicing for the Rose Bowl. He underwent surgery and had a pin inserted on Dec. 21.

Packers doctors X-rayed his foot again on Friday, to determine if he needs more surgery. But the team doctors prescribed rest.

"Very intelligent player. Has learned his assignments," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman. "Was challenged by our coaches, me. He seems to know what he's doing. Obviously, in this minicamp because of the metatarsal bone in his foot, we held him out. We feel like he'll have an opportunity in the June camp, which is five weeks away from today. If he's healthy at that time we'll use him. If he's not healthy we won't. But the doctors have ruled out surgery at this point. They feel like time will be his best ally and hopefully he'll improve and be be ready to play."

Davenport will be battling with Chris Gall for a backup spot behind William Henderson in training camp.


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