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Fred Davis: Achilles progressing; TE will be a key in Buffalo's O

By Mark Gaughan

Free-agent tight end Fred Davis said today while visiting One Bills Drive he is very confident his Achilles tendon injury will be healed in time for next season.

Davis, a five-year veteran of the Washington Redskins, tore his left Achilles tendon in a game on Oct. 21. He had surgery that same week, performed by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.

Some players with Achilles tendon injuries can be out 10 to 12 months. Some return sooner. Baltimore Ravens pass-rusher Terrell Suggs, whose Achilles was repaired by Anderson last March, was out only five months before returning to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl.

"I'm way ahead of schedule," Davis said. "I don’t know what it is for most guys, but I went to the best doctor in the country, Anderson. Actually Terrell Suggs had the surgery and he came back in five months and played the last few games.

"Depending on how bad your Achilles was, it depends. I'm on month four and a half right now, and I'm already running on the treadmill, doing drills. So I think I'll be way ahead of schedule."

Davis is scheduled to visit the New York Jets on Friday and said he plans to make that trip and consider his options.

"This is a business," Davis said. "You have to see all your options before you make a decision. I won't make any fast decisions. I'll wait and see. I'll make sure I'm all the way confident in what I want to do and go from there."

Davis said he would be comfortable catching passes from a rookie quarterback in Buffalo.

"They're scouting for guys right now," he said, asked to assess the Bills' QB situation. "I think they probably might draft someone. I don't know for sure, but I think that's the direction they're headed. So I would be confident in that.

"I think there's some good guys in the draft right now, and they have a high pick. So I feel confident they'll probably make a good decision in that area."

Davis caught 59 passes in 2011. He had 23 catches in the first six games of last season before getting hurt early in the seventh game.

"I think the tight end definitely will be a main factor in this offense," Davis said of the Buffalo attack.


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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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