Dorsett Davis had painful choice

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

Dorsett Davis was faced with a brutal choice.

With a starting job on the Denver Broncos' defensive line at stake in 2004, he had to decide if he was going to cut off his damaged left pinky finger.

"I had got the pinky caught in the side of an offensive lineman's helmet two weeks into training camp and he pulled one way and I pulled the other way," remembered Davis.

"I pulled the tendon from the bone."

If he amputated the finger, he would miss little of training camp and would be the starting defensive tackle that season. But if he chose to keep the digit, he would need immediate surgery and would lose the job.

"I was a phone call away from cutting my finger off just because I wanted to play that bad," recalled Davis.

But he kept the finger - which explains why he is now in northern Alberta trying to keep his football career alive in Edmonton Eskimo training camp.

"I didn't want to be a nine-finger guy walking around," said Davis.

By keeping the pinky, he spent the entire 2004 season on injured reserve in Denver - and when he was ready to fight for the job in training camp in 2005, it had already been filled.

It was a harsh lesson in reality, but it hasn't left Davis bitter or frustrated while battling for a CFL job at Clarke Stadium.

Even after getting cut from three NFL mini- camps (Oakland, Washington and Miami) this spring because he was told he needed more game experience, the former third-round NFL draft choice carries a good attitude.

And he's certainly getting good reviews from the Green and Gold.

"Dorsett is doing an excellent job. We are happy he is here," said defensive line coach Dennis Winston.

With non-import Steve Charbonneau practically guaranteed one of the defensive tackle positions, Davis is battling with CFL veterans Jabari Issa and Robert Brown for the other tackle job.

"It is going to be a battle to the end," said Winston.

But it's a battle that Davis believes he is going to win.

"I think I am going to be on this roster," said the 27-year-old 300-pound Mississippi native.

He has two more weeks of training camp and two pre-season games against Saskatchewan to ensure his prediction comes true.


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