Illinois fullback to miss opener

Updated: August 26, 2003, 11:34 AM ET

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois starting fullback Carey Davis will miss the season opener against Missouri on Saturday after having minor knee surgery.

Davis, a senior, had arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair minor damage to his left knee, team spokeswoman Cassie Arner said Tuesday. He will be out of action at least 10 days and could miss up to three weeks.

Davis' knee had been bothering him for several days, and doctors made the decision Monday to do the surgery, Arner said.

Davis, with 319 yards last season, is the team's top returning rusher.

Coach Ron Turner was expected to start either sophomore Jason Davis or junior Brad Haywood in Carey Davis' spot. Both saw action last season.

The Illini and Missouri meet Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

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