Fred Davis Scheduled To Have Achilles’ Tendon Surgery On Tuesday
ASHBURN – Fred Davis, who tore his left Achilles’ tendon in the Washington Redskins’ 27-23 road loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, will undergo surgery in Charlotte on Tuesday, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.
Davis’ procedure will be performed by Robert Anderson, considered one of the leading orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons in the nation. Anderson operated on New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s broken ankle on Saturday and also repaired the torn Achilles of Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who returned to play against Houston on Sunday, in May.
The tight end’s recovery time is expected to be approximately five and six months, which led to the Redskins’ decision to put him injured reserve on Monday. He was replaced on the active roster by Chris Cooley, who was released on Aug. 28 but holds the team record for career receptions by a tight end.
Davis is the Redskins’ leading receiver this season after having made 24 catches for 325 yards. He was injured with 2:31 remaining in the first quarter when he got his feet tangled up with those of Giants cornerback Antrel Rolle.
“I had a lot of stuff I wanted to do this year, and I was doing it – yards after catch, making plays, blocking,” Davis said Sunday after the game. “Now I can’t play for the rest of the season, and that’s gonna suck, but I’m gonna get better and be ready for next year.”
Davis was playing under the Redskins’ $5.5 million franchise designation this season, which ended his hope for a long-term contract when he became a free agent for the first time in his career during the offseason.
It’s possible the Redskins could ask Davis to play under those terms again next year, as it seems unlikely that he would be able to command a lucrative deal while recovering from the injury.
“It really does suck,” Davis said. “I want to be out there and prove every down, if I could play, I would, but there’s some situations I have to deal with. First time in my career I have to deal with something like this.”