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Panthers RB Davis begins running

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 8, 2005) -- Stephen Davis is running again with his Carolina Panthers teammates.

Davis ran several sprints at half-speed during the team's coaching sessions June 8, another step in his recovery from microfracture knee surgery. The Panthers are cautiously optimistic that the 31-year-old running back will begin practicing during training camp this summer and will be ready for the regular-season opener.

"Did I look all right?" Davis joked with reporters. "It feels great. Getting out there helps get my confidence up. I think it's coming along very well."

Coach John Fox said he was pleased with Davis' progress, but added that the team is still proceeding carefully.

"We're going to do what is right for him," Fox said. "At the end of the day, time is going to help that thing heal. We don't want to rush anything. We have good depth at that position."

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