Terrell Davis, the NFL's MVP last year, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, a crushing blow to a championship team already reeling from four straight losses.
"I talked to him and he's in as good as spirits as he could possibly be in," coach Mike Shanahan said today. "He's working through it right now."
Davis is expected to be out four to six months and make a full recovery.
"Right now, with the ACL and the advancements they've made in technology, you never know for sure," Shanahan said.
The coach said Derek Loville will start in place of Davis. This is the third season he has backed up Davis. Rookie Olandis Gary will work with the second team along with John Avery, who came over from the Miami Dolphins in the Marcus Nash trade.
Shanahan, whose winless team is clearly diminished by the retirement of John Elway, will also review his quarterbacks. Brian Griese, who replaced Bubby Brister during preseason, threw three interceptions Sunday. Brister entered late in the fourth quarter and threw two interceptions.
Davis, who led the NFL in rushing last season with 2,008 yards, has been off to a slow start. He was hurt during an interception return by Jets safety Victor Green.
Broncos offensive tackle Matt Lepsis made a diving tackle to cut down Green at the sideline, but Lepsis also caught Davis, trailing the play slightly, on his right knee.
Davis was assisted by trainers on the sideline, then limped to the locker room. He did not return.
After Davis' departure, the Broncos scored only a field goal. Davis rushed for 18 yards on eight carries. For the season, he has 211 yards.
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