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June 09, 2010

Davis: Another torn ACL

    The Carolina Panthers got this season's first taste of worst-case scenario Wednesday, when tests confirmed the original diagnosis of another torn knee ligament for LB Thomas Davis.

    Davis was lost last November when he blew his right anterior cruciate ligament while backpedaling and planting on the Louisiana Superdome turf. That one was a non-contact injury, and Tuesday's spill was eerily similar. While backpedaling during individual drills next to teammate Jon Beason, Davis went down without being touched by another player, and immediately gripped his right knee.

    Davis confirmed that he tore the ACL again Wednesday afternoon, saying he'd have surgery soon to repair the ligament once more.

    The news is crushing for the Panthers on many levels, not the least of which is the psychological blow of losing a team leader so early.

    Davis had made a remarkably quick recovery, and only a few weeks ago was thrilled that he ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash on the team's testing day. His previous best was a 4.42 the previous year, astoundingly fast for a 240-pound linebacker.

    During that recovery, he had become more and more of a leader, one of the cops of the locker room, barking at young players whose effort he questioned. 

    The news also comes at a terrible time for Davis financially.

    He'll make $3.268 million this year after signing his restricted free agent tender, but was in line for a huge payday later — likely after the league and the players union reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. Davis would have been in the $8 million per year range, but now will have to rehab again and wonder if the Panthers will still want to do such a deal for a player coming off two season-ending knee injuries.


— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on June 9, 2010 at 05:43 PM | Permalink


This really sux. I question the wisdom of the medical staff letting him do too much too soon. It takes a long time for an ACL re-construction to fully heal. 8 months is not nearly long enough.

Posted by: james reed | Jun 9, 2010 6:05:10 PM

The news couldn't be much worse for Davis. Not only is it his 2nd torn ACL on the same knee, causing him to miss the whole season, but it will cost him millions next year as a free agent.

It might now be smart for Davis to sign cheap with the Panthers for 2011, to prove to other teams that he's recovered well enough to be offered a big free agent contract in 2012.

Posted by: FaithandTruth | Jun 9, 2010 6:10:55 PM

Any chance Dan Connor will see the field because of this injury? No? Didn't think so.

Posted by: DrPoop | Jun 9, 2010 6:37:48 PM


I hate to say it, but I feared this one was coming...

Posted by: Scott | Jun 9, 2010 6:59:52 PM

i love how it takes a major injury to get you guys to do any reporting out there...the emergence of davis as a team leader would have been nice to know before we found out he was done for the year

Posted by: RJK | Jun 9, 2010 7:41:41 PM

Thank goodness we've used the uncapped year to really build depth so we can survive injuries like this! Oh, wait...

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 9, 2010 8:14:31 PM

why was davis even on the field?just another reason to fire fox.where was the team doctor and trainer?come on guys!protect your players.!

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 9, 2010 8:41:26 PM

why was davis even on the field?just another reason to fire fox.where was the team doctor and trainer?come on guys!protect your players.!

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 9, 2010 8:41:37 PM

This sucks for the team and organization, but Davis gets it the worst. He really seems like a great guy. I really feel bad for him. Hope things work out anyway.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jun 10, 2010 12:47:58 PM

@RJK, THANK YOU!!! Too bad some sheople posting on this site posing as people with a clue don't get it.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jun 10, 2010 12:49:21 PM

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