Receiver will miss Prairie View game

Updated: October 1, 2003, 2:55 PM ET

GRAMBLING, La. -- Grambling State wide receiver Tramon Douglas, coming off minor surgery to torn cartilage in his knee, will not be starting against Prairie View on Saturday in Dallas.

Coach Doug Williams said he expects Douglas to be ready to return against Mississippi Valley on Oct. 11.

Douglas leads the Southwestern Athletic Conference in receiving yards and receptions, with 32 catches for 404 yards and six scores in the first four games of the year. That includes a quiet opening week, when he pulled down just two passes for 30 yards.

Douglas, who also leads the SWAC in scoring, said he woke up on Sept. 21 with pain after his record-breaking 17-catch performance against McNeese State.

He had been playing with what he thought was a bruised knee for weeks. When Douglas went to the doctor, he found he'd had the cartilage tear since two-a-day workouts last summer.

"When you want to play, and you want to win, you don't think about it until after the game," Douglas said. "The injury was slowing me down, but I just wanted to help my team."

Douglas is running and doing almost everything the rest of the team does, Williams said.

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