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Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Dayne, Williams undergo surgery

Associated Press

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.