© St. Petersburg Times, published August 18, 2002
DENVER -- Injury-plagued running back Terrell Davis decided to retire after seven seasons rather than go through another round of rehabilitation, his agent said Saturday.
Agent Neil Schwartz said doctors told Davis they could not guarantee that his latest ailment -- a degenerative condition in his left knee -- would get better. Schwartz also said Davis wanted to be able to end his career in Denver, on his own terms.
Davis will be placed on injured reserve Tuesday, allowing fans to see him in uniform one last time Monday night, when the Broncos face the 49ers.
"Terrell is at peace with himself. He knows that he did everything that he possibly could to play again, but that his knee just would not cooperate," Schwartz said. "There were no guarantees that his knee would get better with treatment, and he wanted to be able to go out on his own terms."
Schwartz said Davis met with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on Saturday to discuss his future for the first time since experiencing swelling in his left knee last week.
He said Shanahan talked about putting Davis on injured reserve today, but Davis wanted to wait until Tuesday, so he could walk out of the tunnel one final time.
"He wanted to acknowledge the fans of Denver and basically say, "Thank you,' " Schwartz said. "It means a great deal for him to walk out of the tunnel at Mile High one last time.
"He would shake the hands of all 75,000 people there if he could."
FALCONS 36, GIANTS 24: It's only the preseason, but Giants coach Jim Fassel is vowing to make changes.
Fassel was disgusted after the Giants turned the ball over six times, had a punt blocked, missed a chip-shot field goal and jumped offside four times.
"This exemplifies everything that I don't want out of this football team," he said. "That's my responsibility, every phase of it, but there will be some changes tomorrow."
The Falcons watched New York self-destruct, scoring their first-half points off turnovers and the blocked punt for a 23-14 lead.
After guiding one touchdown drive, Giants quarterback Kerry Collins fumbled twice and threw an interception, with each turnover leading to Atlanta points.
BROWNS 24, LIONS 23: Joey Harrington, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, went 17-for-31 for 236 yards with two touchdowns and nearly rallied the visiting Lions.
BENGALS 22, COLTS 10: Akili Smith rallied Cincinnati, leading the visiting team on four second-half scoring drives.
For the Colts, making their home debut for coach Tony Dungy, the offensive starters failed to score for the second week in a row.
CHIEFS 19, TEXANS 9: Playing into the second quarter, Trent Green was 7-for-10 for 73 yards and led host Kansas City on a 64-yard scoring drive on its first possession.
PATRIOTS 16, EAGLES 15: Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals to lead host New England to victory in the first football game at Gillette Stadium.
COWBOYS 19, PANTHERS 16: Visiting Dallas, missing five offensive starters, got four field goals from the combination of Billy Cundiff and Tim Seder, the two kickers battling for the job.
CHARGERS 24, SEAHAWKS 14: Drew Brees was 6-for-11 for 47 yards in the first quarter and guided host San Diego to its first touchdown.