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No return in sight for injured Texans RB Davis

8/18/2006 - NFL Domanick Davis Houston Texans + more

HOUSTON -- Domanick Davis hasn't practiced for almost three
weeks and the Houston Texans don't know when he'll return.

There is a possibility he will miss the entire preseason because
of problems with his knee. He had arthroscopic surgery in December
after his knee swelled and ached each time he played.

He participated in drills during the first two days of training
camp and said he felt good, but soon his knee became sore again,
this time because of what doctors said was a bone bruise.

Davis began running again a couple of days ago, but will not
travel with the team to St. Louis for Saturday's second preseason
game.

If Davis is not healthy enough to play in any of Houston's three
remaining preseason games, coach Gary Kubiak isn't sure if he would
start him in the opener even if he's fully recovered.

"I don't want to answer that right now," Kubiak said. "I
think that would be very hard to do. I think he'd tell you the same
thing. I don't know, stranger things have happened. Let's wait and
see."

Davis missed six games last season because of his knee problems
but still managed to run for 976 yards, just shy of his third
straight 1,000 yard season.

Kubiak said he isn't worried about Davis yet and that he'd
rather be cautious with him than let him return too soon, only to
get injured again.

"We're going to be patient," Kubiak said. "We know he can
play the game. We just have to know that we're going to get there
at some point. We'll keep our fingers crossed, and hopefully it'll
work out."

Kubiak said that while he's disappointed that Davis is out, he's
not frustrated with the time it is taking him to return.

"You try not to run out of patience because you have situations
like that all the time," Kubiak said. "They tend to work
themselves out."