Illinois loses starting fullback for opener
Posted: Tuesday August 26, 2003 11:44AM; Updated: Tuesday August 26, 2003 11:44AM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois starting fullback Carey Davis will miss the season opener against Missouri on Saturday after having minor knee surgery, the team said Tuesday.
Davis, a senior, had arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair minor damage to his left knee, team spokeswoman Cassie Arner said. He will be out at least 10 days and could miss up to three weeks, she said.
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.
Illinois and Missouri meet Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.