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Cowboys' Davis shot, in stable condition

DALLAS (July 16, 2006) -- Dallas Cowboys safety Keith Davis was shot twice while driving on a Dallas highway and was hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing surgery to remove bullet fragments.

His agent, Curtis Stephens, said the injuries were minor and that Davis expected to be released late July 16 or July 17.

"He's going to fully recover and he's in good spirits," Stephens said. "Everything is being done on a precautionary basis. Two physicians both gave him a thumbs up. ... If camp opened tomorrow, he'd like to think he'd be there tomorrow."

Players are expected to report for camp July 27 in Oxnard, Calif.

The 27-year-old Davis is among the Cowboys' top special teams players and the incumbent starting safety opposite Roy Williams. Earlier this summer, Dallas gave him a two-year contract; the deal came after New Orleans signed Davis to an offer sheet.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said the team had no comment.

This is the second time in three years that Davis has been shot. He was an innocent bystander last time, and this time Stephens said the player was driving home from a family vacation.

"The thing that's really pertinent here is that Keith was not involved in any type of criminal activity or anything like that," Stephens said. "This is not the residual effect of that."

In June 2003, Davis was shot in the hip and elbow while picking up a friend at a topless club. Coach Bill Parcells released Davis about a month later. Davis didn't play football that season, but rejoined the club in 2004 and became a full-time starter last season.

In the July 16 shooting, Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Jamie Matthews said a dark blue two-door car pulled up next to Davis' vehicle and opened fire.

"He was able to pull over, and his front passenger then moved into the driver's seat and then drove him to a nearby hospital," Matthews said.

Matthews said police were investigating motives and suspects.

"We're looking to see if it was a possible carjacking," she said.

A native of Italy, Texas, Davis was undrafted coming out of Sam Houston State. He made the Cowboys as a rookie free agent in 2002. He started 15 games last season and made 68 tackles, fourth-best on the team.

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