Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Dayne, Williams undergo surgery
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants waived receiver
Thabiti Davis on Tuesday and announced that running back Ron Dayne
and punter Rodney Williams had surgery this week.
Davis played in 29 regular season and three postseason games,
catching two passes for 40 yards in 2000 and three for 34 yards
last season. He also finished fifth on the team with 10 special
teams tackles, including eight solos.
Davis made one of the biggest special teams' plays last season,
blocking and recovering a Micah Knorr fourth-quarter punt against
Dallas. Two plays later, Kerry Collins threw a game-tying touchdown
pass. New York won in overtime.
Prior to the Giants, Davis had been in camp with Carolina and
Jacksonville. The former Wake Forest product also spent two seasons
in NFL Europe.
Dayne had ligaments in his left thumb repaired, while Williams
had surgery for the fourth time on his right wrist, which he broke
against Dallas on Nov. 4.
Giants coach Jim Fassel said the thumb had bothered Dayne last
season, and he re-injured it in a recent passing camp.
"It wasn't torn, but we wanted to fix it,'' Fassel said.
Williams had this surgery to remove a screw that had been put
into the wrist during a previous surgery.
Dayne and Williams are expected to be ready when training camp
starts on July 25.