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Panthers star expected back

By wire services
Published April 29, 2005


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Stephen Davis expects to make a full recovery from microfracture surgery and play for the Panthers this season.

The team's starting running back missed most of last season with nagging right knee problems then had the surgery in November.

"Stephen is doing great. He is jacked up about this year," his agent, David Canter, said Thursday. "He feels like the knee thing was probably something that was here for a while, maybe even when he was in Washington. And he thinks it is all cleared up now."

Davis, who rushed for 1,444 yards in 2003, played just two games last season. He played in the season opener then had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee. He tried to return for one game after that then had a more serious operation to end his season.

Canter said the Panthers will probably hold Davis out until training camp in August to allow him to heal. The Panthers also have DeShaun Foster, who missed most of last season with a broken collarbone, and they drafted Eric Shelton in the second round last weekend.

Meanwhile, Todd Sauerbrun, who is reportedly cooperating with investigators in a steroids probe, will not attend minicamp this weekend because the Panthers want to evaluate other punters.

General manger Marty Hurney said the decision is not related to the CBS report that identifies Sauerbrun as one of three Panthers who obtained illegal steroid prescriptions from South Carolina alternative medicine doctor James Shortt.

Several Panthers players testified this week before a federal grand jury about Shortt, the State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., reported. The report did not name the players involved but said Sauerbrun was not one because he is cooperating with investigators.

Bucs rookies report today

TAMPA - The Bucs will finally get to see how their Cadillac runs.

The team will begin three-day rookie minicamp today that will include Auburn running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, Tampa Bay's first-round pick.

The minicamp is only for draft picks, undrafted free agents, players invited to try out and other players with less than one year experience.

A two-hour workout is scheduled today through Sunday, but practices are closed to the public.

Meanwhile, former Bucs cornerback Corey Ivy signed a one-year deal with the Rams. Ivy joined the Bucs in 2001 and played 49 games, including 16 last season.

CHIEFS: Former Oklahoma quarterback Jason White, who won the Heisman Trophy two years ago, was invited to attend this weekend's rookie camp. White, who was not drafted, threw a school-record 79 touchdowns and won the Davey O'Brien Award as college football's top quarterback in 2003 and 2004.

COLTS: Guard Tupe Peko and safety Anthony Floyd were released. Peko appeared in 11 games last season, starting eight. Floyd played primarily on special teams but started two games in 2004.

COWBOYS: Fullback Richie Anderson was released. He played 12 games last season but ended it on injured reserve with a pinched nerve in his neck and had surgery last week that will require a recovery of at least five months. Primarily a third-down back last season, the 13-year veteran had 57 carries for 246 yards and one touchdown and caught 26 passes for 207 yards.

GIANTS: Tight end Jeremy Shockey joined the team for workouts but said it likely will be his only one until a mandatory minicamp in June. Quarterback Eli Manning recently criticized Shockey for not attending the voluntary workouts, but Shockey downplayed any rift

JETS: Kicker Doug Brien, who missed two field goals during a playoff loss in Pittsburgh last season, was released. It comes five days after Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent was drafted in the second round. Brien, an 11-year veteran, made 51 of 61 field goals during his two seasons with the Jets.

PACKERS: Running back Ahman Green filed for divorce three days after being arrested after a 911 hang-up call about a disturbance at his home. Green was arrested Monday night when deputies responded to the call from his home. Green, cited for disorderly conduct, posted $150 bond and was released. A court hearing was scheduled for May11.

RAMS: Cornerback and kick returner Terry Fair signed a one-year deal. A first-round pick of Detroit in 1998, he last played in 2002 for Carolina. He sat out 2003 and was cut by Pittsburgh during training camp last year. In 48 starts, he has seven interceptions and two kicks returned for touchdowns. Also, fourth-round pick Jerome Carter, a safety from Florida State, signed a three-year deal and will participate in a three-day rookie minicamp this weekend.

VIKINGS: Linebacker Keith Newman re-signed. The seven-year veteran started 14 games last season, totaling 71 tackles and 31/2 sacks.

NFL NETWORK: The league-owned network agreed to a multiyear deal with Sky Mexico, the country's largest pay-TV service, and will begin broadcasting Sunday. The league will play its first regular-season game outside the United States on Oct.2 when the Cardinals play the 49ers in Mexico City. Sky Mexico has about 1-million subscribers.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm activated receiver/linebacker Ronney Daniels from injured reserve and waived receiver/linebacker Kenny Christian. Fullback/linebacker Umar Muhammad was placed on injured reserve. Offensive specialist Demetris Bendross, a former Florida A&M receiver who played five seasons in the Canadian Football League, was activated from the practice squad.