Thomas Davis LB CAR 5 Months
Panthers SLB Thomas Davis said he actually feels healthier now than when he first blew out his knee in 2009.
Davis' 2009 ACL tear was the first of three he would suffer in a two-year span. But after sustaining health throughout 105-tackle 2012 season, he finally feels back to 100 percent. With Luke Kuechly in the middle and Jon Beason on the weak side, this Panthers' linebacking unit has a chance to be a difference-maker.
Thomas Davis LB CAR 6 Months
The Panthers are pleased with WLB Thomas Davis' transition to the strong-side.
The local media had ticketed Davis for the weak-side with Jon Beason manning the strong-side, but that apparently won't be the case. "He's adjusting very well to playing on the strong side," said LBs coach Al Holcomb. "He's picking up the checks, he's communicating more. ... He has exceptional ability for the position, in terms of his movement and his ability to close on the football." Davis successfully returned from the third torn right ACL, but was hit-and-miss across 15 games. Davis turned 30 in March.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Aug 27 '12
Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (ACL surgeries) made his preseason debut Sunday night against the Jets, playing primarily in nickel packages.
He registered a first-quarter sack of Mark Sanchez, and is on track to be the first player in league history to return from three ACL tears in the same knee. Davis won't be a starter, but he should be able to cover tight ends and blitz in the nickel on occasion. On early downs, he'll play behind Luke Kuechly.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Aug 21 '12
Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (knee, calf) hasn't been ruled out for Week 1.
"If Thomas is feeling strong enough and we feel he's made a strong enough recovery, we feel that he'll play," coach Ron Rivera said. "He looks good right now." Attempting to become the first player in league history to come back from three ACL tears to the same knee, Davis missed a large chunk of camp with a calf injury, but saw his workload ramped up on Monday. If he's active, Davis' snaps figure to be limited early in the regular season.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Aug 04 '12
Panthers WLB Thomas Davis is sidelined with a strained right calf.
Davis hasn't practiced since Sunday, but an MRI didn't reveal any damage to his surgically-repaired right knee. Attempting to become the first player in NFL history to come back from three ACL tears to the same knee, Davis "could" return to practice next week. Certain to miss Carolina's first preseason game, it will be a concern if Davis isn't ready for Carolina's second exhibition tilt.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Jul 31 '12
Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes WLB Thomas Davis' surgically-repaired knee is "fine."
"He's on track and doing a lot of good things," Rivera said of Davis, who is attempting to come back from his third right ACL tear. Davis got the night off for the Panthers' first padded practice Monday, but has apparently otherwise been full-go. How Davis looks in the preseason will be all-important in determining his 2012 status.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Jun 14 '12
Panthers LB Thomas Davis (ACL surgery) vows to be "ready to go" for the start of training camp.
"I'm pretty much there right now," said Davis. "We're just taking precautions." We expect the Panthers to limit his snaps early in the camp, as his previous ACL tears may have been the result of trying to do too much too quickly. Davis is likely ticketed for a situational coverage role in 2012.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Jun 08 '12
Panthers LB Thomas Davis (ACL surgery) received a "very positive" report from specialist Dr. James Andrews this week.
Davis could graduate from individual drills to team sessions at next week's three-day minicamp. Attempting to become the first player in NFL history to return from a thrice-torn ACL, Davis is facing long odds to hold off first-rounder Luke Kuechly for the starting weak-side job.