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June 11, 2010

Davis getting quick start on comeback

    While the Panthers' holding out hope for getting LB Thomas Davis back on the field sounds unrealistic, he's wasting no time starting the process.

    According to his agent, Davis will have surgery to repair his second torn right ACL on Saturday. He'll have the work done here, by team doctor Dr. Pat Connor

    There was a month between his first injury and the repair surgery.

    Thinking he could return this season seems stretching things a bit, but there is a sense of hope from his camp after he got a second opinion from noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

    Davis tore his right ACL Tuesday while backpedaling during a non-contact drill. He suffered the same injury last November, cutting short his best season.

— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on June 11, 2010 at 01:31 PM | Permalink


As a Panther fan I hope he makes it back this year. As a Thomas Davis fan, I hope he is doing what he thinks is best for his future and not just the future of the franchise.

Posted by: BooneJeanius | Jun 11, 2010 2:19:53 PM

I've always wondered why this doesn't always happen when someone suffers an injury. Is it usually a case of waiting until the swelling goes down or are there other factors?

Best wishes to TD on a speedy recovery.

Posted by: TP | Jun 11, 2010 2:20:49 PM

I hope he isn't doing this due to his contract situation. He needs to sit out for the full year. Build it up and get it strong. Sign a contract for what he can get. He's already lost millions anyway. He could sign a shorter deal, or have an option where he could get out of the contract after a year or 2 and be a free agent again and hopefully get that big contract, whether it be here or elsewhere. I'm more worried about what it could do to his career long term.

Posted by: David | Jun 11, 2010 2:47:46 PM

Isn't the point more, that it's extremely unlikely that TD will ever play again, or if he does, be even HALF the player he has been?

We watch football for entertainment. Sure, I wish harm on no player, but how concerned does the average fan need to be about a player's well-being?

Perhaps injured players can console themselves with the millions.....TENS OF MILLIONS in their bank accounts.

Looks like it's time for the Panthers to move on at strong-side linebacker.

Posted by: Lisa Cosacchi | Jun 11, 2010 3:30:41 PM

Did we not learn anything from trying to go too fast with the first injury?

Posted by: Zon | Jun 11, 2010 4:02:47 PM

He might be ready for some post-season action !!!

Posted by: Nasty704 | Jun 11, 2010 5:25:44 PM

Actually, Lisa, TD was moved to the weakside last year in an attempt to get the most out of his athletic abilities as possible. The fact of the matter is that you don't know anything about football, which is why you, yourself, are not making "millions.....TENS OF MILLIONS." Average fan, huh? No, as a fan you are a complete failure. And apparently as a person, as well. Why should fans not feel bad for a player that has always worked very hard at what he does for his team, and has been a leader, but is going through a difficult time right now with a reoccurring injury? So what if he is not a doctor or a teacher. He works very hard at what he does do, and that is playing football. He has no control over anybody else's salaries. In fact, he has no control over his own really. That is up to the owners, the league, the TV networks, the advertisers, and the fans, but certainly not him. All he can do is perform to the best of his abilities, which, throughout his career, he has done. The man's livelihood is on the line, so yeah, people feel for him in his situation. I would feel bad for you if your company laid you off, too. Caring about other people is part of the whole being a decent human being thing. Plus, I bet he is in a heck of a lot of pain right now as well. So I, for one, and many others feel bad for him. If you don't like it, well, I don't really care. You can take your bitterness and contempt and kindly go be an "average" fan of another team, because we have too many like you already.

Posted by: 34+28=GREATNESS | Jun 11, 2010 6:55:04 PM

Amen nasty704!!! TD is going to be just fine bc GOD has his back all the way!

Posted by: Danielle | Jun 11, 2010 7:30:49 PM

TD is broke. Could of should have been a contender. chicken legs are fast but you can't play lb with no base. This is a blessing. I hate to see beason go the to the will as our defensive leader. but no doubt dan is built for the middle.

Posted by: hamptonhowle | Jun 11, 2010 11:30:15 PM

"Panthers didn’t re-sign him this offseason, and no other teams were jumping through hoops to grab him, either."

Scoot (couldn't be more) Fowler, you're a real class act. Honestly, if I noticed that you were the author of that turd of a piece, I would have never begun reading it. You and your kind are what make the profession of journalism a joke and what make readers of this online paper call it a tabloid.

Moose did have marks against him for off the field issues, but definitely earned the right to get much more respect than that.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jun 12, 2010 2:46:58 AM

Hate to say it, but the focus should not be if he can play this season but rather it should be if he will come back to football at all (at the same level).

I still think we are set at LB, but of course the depth suffers. As for Davis, of course it is devastating for him, but I have a hard time feeling sorry for a guy that just had $3.000.000 check handed to him (however well deserved).

Posted by: Thorrez | Jun 12, 2010 4:56:21 AM

some excellent points brought up.should we feel sorry for a millionaire who plays a childs game? do we care as much about t.ds knee as we do about the crack whores in downtown charlotte? some interesting moral dilemmas.

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 12, 2010 12:08:03 PM

So, you can't feel bad for someone whose career may be over right at the peak of his talent because he made several million dollars? So it doesn't matter that he has to go through two major surgery's within the same year, can't feel bad for him because he signed his (underpaying for how he had played prior) restricted contract? Thats just wrong.

His career may never continue. I'm sure he'll get one more season, but lets say he doesn't return.. then what? Its not easy to go from the NFL to the regular private life just like that. He has (I believe) a family to take care of, that money was well deserved and he's going to need it.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Jun 12, 2010 1:30:42 PM

Gamble how are you going to talk about "he has a family to take care of" when he just made 3.5 mil? Anyone that cant raise a family on 3 million dollars needs to go back to school & learn finances & the economy. I feel bad for Davis but i feel bad for the Panthers more than Davis. They had him almost ready in these desperate times then this happens. Anyway i do feel bad for him but i had to laugh seeing some1 saying he has a family to support. See yall later.

Posted by: MrBrenz | Jun 12, 2010 1:46:19 PM

MrBernz, speaking of going back to school, you should, at some point in your life, discover that there is a thing called the "expense column."

Moreover, just because some people despise richer people and are therefore empathetic toward them, does not make them some type of romantacized Robinhood (though I'm sure it does in their own minds).

It is a tragic loss, especially for him. Anyone who says otherwise is simply dispicable and the epitomy of what is wrong with America today (and not to mention why it is going down the BP-Amaco crapper).

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jun 13, 2010 4:13:21 AM

And BTW, I apologize for singling you out, but you were the last person to respond with that type of sentiment.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jun 13, 2010 4:18:47 AM

If you want to laugh at something, how about the crack whore comparison or calling the NFL a "child's game?"

Crack whores literally do nothing but recreation---getting laid and getting high. Add the fact that some of them get hundreds of dollars a day for doing nothing but that, and I would say that was a backward argument. In all fairness, they too have an "expense column" to worry about (that does not involve Uncle Sam BTW)---their pimps and their drugs.

Now, I've never taken up that type of career myself, but how hard can it be to have sex and smoke crack? I don't think there is much hard work and discipline involved with that, but I could be wrong.

An NFL player, on the other hand...

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jun 13, 2010 4:27:16 AM

wth are you talking about, all i was syaing is he has made enough to live off for his life if he never played another football game again. I was laughing at someone saying he has a family to raise, on 3.5 or more mil. someone making 40k a year would have to work for like 75 years to make what he made this year. I dont hate him or what he makes I just have no sympathy for his financial issues.

Posted by: MrBernz | Jun 13, 2010 1:53:02 PM

thomas is looking out for him, his career is over. the only way he gets another job is the panthers, or go earn it in training camp(ala TOwens)...nobody is giving a contract to back to back ACLs tears

Posted by: jc | Jun 13, 2010 3:23:44 PM

Again, sorry about singling you out. I shouldn't have done that.

On a semi-related note...

What woud the depth look like at MLB? What if Anderson gets the WLB (since he showed he can be a solid starter there in this defense already)? That would be the best case scenario in terms of depth becuase that would leave Conner, Williams and Norwood competing for the original LB competition of this offseason- the SAM position. Also, it may also mean Conner may end up as a backup for one more year, which would leave quality depth in the middle.

It would still be nice to see someone else come in to compete but, overall, I think this group is still a solid unit, at the least. It includes Beason (quickly becoming a household name), Anderson (the current veteran of the pack and proven in battle), Jamal Williams (a former starter in the NFL and impressed so far in camp), Conner (drafted because skill set too hard to pass up despite lack of need at the position) and Norwood (scouting reports are excellent with only knock being his size---which other LBs on this team have already proven really means nothing).

In short, I don't think it's time to hit any panic button. And BTW, you're welcome again, Observor staff! Did I miss anyone?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jun 14, 2010 9:31:00 AM

syrpis,people like you intrigue me. so, you dont feel that football is a childs game and thus not very important in the whole scheme of life thing,especially when you compare football to massive oil spills and crime etc etc?
my heart absolutely breaks for t.ds expenses. i realize it must be tough living on 3.5 million. he may have to move out of his 2 million dollar home into to a million dollar home.
and yes, i do care more about people who are living on the streets than i do about one of tds appendages.do you think people want to be poor syrpiss? half the people on the streets are children.

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 14, 2010 11:31:30 AM

Thomas Davis is entirely too trusting of the Panthers obvious incompetent medical staff. Change the date on this article to 2011 and we'll read it again next year.

Posted by: ted | Jun 14, 2010 1:29:22 PM

So let's loathe the rich man, is that it? Envy, especially that type, is disturbing.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jun 14, 2010 2:45:02 PM

If Pat uses a bridge technique to fix the split ligament Thomas should be able to return by early December.

I would advise him to get his surgery done and be put on the "PUP" list and just ease back into the injury report when the "PUP" expires.

This may be a very good move by the Panthers and it will not affect anything as far as their roster goes.

Good Luck

Posted by: Dr. Thomas L. Payne III | Jun 15, 2010 4:26:27 AM

I noticed the different "scenarios" you guys listed about how the Panthers linebacking corps will be staffed or who will be starting.

Conner will be a backup and a special team (Dan is a great guy but he lacks the size, speed and athletic ability to be an every down linebacker-however, he will get "spot" work in relief of the three starters and the guy has a huge "heart").

James Anderson will continue in Na'il Diggs old position at the strong side spot and Beason will be the mike or middle linebacker. The new face at TD's old spot on the weak side will be Jamar Williams (who has taken every ,starting, first team rep in mini camp)...Williams has looked great and is the super fast kind of player the weak side position, that a "Tampa 2" calls for.

For those hoping Eric Norwood would be in the mix. He is a capable NFL player but sorry, but he is a situational pass rusher and before the season he will be officially tagged as a defensive end.

Norwood is number 92 and he has a GREAT burst and a blazing first step and that type of push allows him to move by tackles and tight ends in passing situations and then do his head hunting while searching for quarterbacks (which he is capable of doing).

Posted by: Dr. Thomas L. Payne III | Jun 15, 2010 4:49:35 AM

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