Saturday, September 18, 2004

Panthers take another hit with injury to Davis


NFL notebook

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers have not had a good week: Running back Stephen Davis was lost Friday to a knee injury, just days after star receiver Steve Smith broke his leg in Monday's loss to Green Bay.

Davis, who ran for a career-best 1,444 yards last season, began having problems with his knee after practice Thursday, and an MRI showed "a small cartilage problem," coach John Fox said Friday.

Davis had arthroscopic surgery and is expected to be out two to five weeks. Smith, who led Carolina in receptions (88) and yards receiving (1,110) in 2003, is out indefinitely.

DeShaun Foster will replace Davis for Sunday's game at Kansas City, and rookie Keary Colbert is expected to start at receiver.

SEAHAWKS: Running back Shaun Alexander, who has a bruised right knee, practiced and his status Sunday against Tampa Bay will be a game-time decision.

VIKINGS: Already missing starting running back Michael Bennett, who has a sprained knee, Minnesota also will be without short-yardage specialist Moe Williams Monday against Philadelphia because of a sprained right ankle. Onterrio Smith will start.

JETS: Defensive tackle Josh Evans is sidelined for Sunday's game against San Diego because of a back injury and might need season-ending surgery.

BROWNS: Running back Lee Suggs practiced but is questionable for Cleveland's game at Dallas. Suggs, who has a neck stinger, has not participated in any high-contact drills this week.




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