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Dental work sidelined Davis

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 12, 2009

Rookie running back James Davis of Clemson missed practice Tuesday night after having dental work, Browns coach Eric Mangini said Wednesday.

Davis has been one of the training camp standouts and is being mentored by Jamal Lewis. Davis broke all of Lewis's records at Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta.

Mangini said Tuesday that special teams is where Davis needs to make his presence felt.

''Where he’s stood out is on special teams and that’s where he needs to stand out,'' Mangini said. ''He needs to show that he can help us there. I’ve liked him since he’s gotten here. Class, all the same things that I’m looking for, he’s done. If he can play special teams and carve out a role there, then he’d be (active) at games. If you’re at games, the probability of playing increases.''

Media covering the Browns were alarmed by the absence of Davis, probably because rookie cornerback Don Carey was injured in the second practice and was waived/injured last week.

UPDATE: Davis was not at practice today, when it began at 1:30 p.m.

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