Agent says Cowboys' Davis released from hospital

Updated: July 18, 2006, 7:09 PM ET
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"I'm truly blessed and thankful"
Cowboys safety Keith Davis feels blessed that he's able to joke about being shot, he told The Dallas Morning News for Monday editions.

"My head has been leaking, but that's OK," he told the newspaper on Sunday evening from his hospital bed at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. "I've got a big head, and my braids still look good."

"As soon as I realized I got hit, I started applying pressure to the spot. I was a kinesiology major in college. I guess I learned something from all of those courses," he said.

Davis told the Morning News that a brain scan revealed only a bruise as a result of the shooting that grazed his head.

Recounting the shooting, Davis told the newspaper he was "minding my own business" early Sunday morning at 5 a.m. when the incident took place.

"I was driving down [Interstate] 635 talking with a friend, and I had just passed a truck when I heard a pop and the back window shattered," he told the Morning News. "I just put my head down and mashed the gas, and told my friend to get down.

"Then I heard, 'Boom! boom! boom! boom! boom!' It was so loud," he said. "I got on the [Dallas North] Tollway and drove about halfway to the hospital before I pulled over and let my friend drive.

"I'm truly blessed and thankful. It's by the grace of God that I didn't have a serious injury," he told the newspaper. "I was leaning quite a bit. If I had been sitting straight up, I might not be here."

Dallas Cowboys safety Keith Davis, who was shot twice while driving on a Dallas highway early Sunday, was released from the hospital Monday, his agent, Curtis Stephens, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"They kept him for precautionary reasons but we are going to check by the doctors over the next seven to 10 days," Stephens told the newspaper. "Of course, we are being optimistic because Keith is a fast healer but no one has said he would not be ready for training camp."

Players are expected to report for camp a week from Thursday in Oxnard, Calif.

The 27-year-old Davis is among the Cowboys' top special teams players and the incumbent starting safety opposite Roy Williams. Earlier this summer, Dallas gave him a roughly $3 million, two-year contract that includes about $2 million in bonus and salary this season; the deal came after the New Orleans Saints signed Davis to an offer sheet.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said the team did not have any comment on the incident.

This is the second time in three years that Davis has been shot. He was an innocent bystander last time, and this time Stephens said the player was driving home from a family vacation.

"The thing that's really pertinent here is that Keith was not involved in any type of criminal activity or anything like that," Stephens said. "This is not the residual effect of that."

In June 2003, Davis was shot in the hip and elbow while picking up a friend at a topless club. Coach Bill Parcells released Davis about a month later, on the first day of the coach's first training camp with the Cowboys. Davis did not play football that season but rejoined the club in 2004 and became a full-time starter last season.

In Sunday's shooting, Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Jamie Matthews said a dark blue two-door car pulled up next to Davis' vehicle around 5 a.m. and opened fire.

Davis was hit in the back of the head and in the right thigh.

"He was able to pull over, and his front passenger then moved into the driver's seat and then drove him to a nearby hospital," Matthews said.

Matthews said police were investigating motives and suspects.

"We're looking to see if it was a possible carjacking," she said.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
50 35 15 0 0 0

A former Sam Houston State star, Davis blossomed for the Cowboys in 2005 after playing primarily on special teams his first two seasons in the league. He started 15 games last season and finished fourth on the team with 68 tackles. He also led the club in special teams tackles, with 16, and had a forced fumble.

In April, the Saints signed Davis to a restricted free-agent offer sheet, but the Cowboys retained the three-year veteran by matching the offer. The contract will pay Davis slightly more than $3 million and included a $1.2 million roster bonus. Davis, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2002, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $825,000 for 2006.

If there was one shortcoming in Davis' performance in 2005, it was an absence of big plays, as he authored no interceptions or fumble recoveries and posted just three passes defensed. In terms of his skill set, Davis is probably better suited to strong safety, but Dallas already has a Pro Bowl-caliber player at that position (Williams).

The safety position was considered an area of concern for the Cowboys entering the offseason. Dallas signed Marcus Coleman, 32, after he was released by the Houston Texans, but the 10-year veteran is projected as being a nickel defender. The Cowboys chose safety Pat Watkins of Florida State in the fifth round of the draft.

Len Pasquarelli, senior NFL writer for ESPN.com, contributed to this report. Information from The Associated Press was also used.