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June 09, 2010

Panthers will wait to put Davis on IR

    Even though Panthers LB Thomas Davis just suffered a second torn ACL in less than a year, the Panthers aren't prepared to place him on injured reserve any time soon.

    Sources with knowledge of the situation said that at least some small degree of hope for a return this yearm was expressed upon the second opinion by Dr. James Andrews. At the same time, such a return would be extremely unlikely, and isn't expected.

    Frankly, there's no use not holding out hope, no matter how small. If he could get back in six months, it's worth placing him on the active-physically unable to perform list, which would make him roster-exempt for up to the first nine weeks of the season. 

    If he's not well then, then it wouldn't cost them anything in terms of roster spots or money (they were on the hook for his $3.268 million contract when he signed his injury protection letter in March).

    Panthers GM Marty Hurney expressed extreme disappointment about the injury, but said it occurred when Davis was doing the same drills he was doing two weeks ago.

    "It's hard, because he's done everything you could have asked, everything possible to get back," Hurney said. "It's hard because it means so much to him."

    

— Darin Gantt

    

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Comments

Anderson needs to pick up where he left off last season when he finally showed some promise.

Posted by: Ashe | Jun 9, 2010 7:36:57 PM

who the hell was letting him practice without a knee brace? he was only recovering from major knee surgery.

Posted by: joe cool | Jun 9, 2010 7:59:25 PM

Will the money not be covered by insurance now?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 9, 2010 8:15:18 PM

Will the money not be covered by insurance now?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 9, 2010 8:15:25 PM

this hurts but im a glass half full guy.weve still got some studs at l.b and we have 3 months to find some backups.our def did pretty well last year after t.d went down.

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 9, 2010 8:29:17 PM

this hurts but im a glass half full guy.weve still got some studs at l.b and we have 3 months to find some backups.our def did pretty well last year after t.d went down.

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 9, 2010 8:29:28 PM

this hurts but im a glass half full guy.weve still got some studs at l.b and we have 3 months to find some backups.our def did pretty well last year after t.d went down.

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 9, 2010 8:29:46 PM

this hurts but im a glass half full guy.weve still got some studs at l.b and we have 3 months to find some backups.our def did pretty well last year after t.d went down.

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 9, 2010 8:29:47 PM

i will say that we seem to have a lot of freakish injuries like this,like kemo last year.is it conditioning. davis should not have been out there ,especially without a brace. another reason to fire fox.

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 9, 2010 8:33:37 PM

i will say that we seem to have a lot of freakish injuries like this,like kemo last year.is it conditioning. davis should not have been out there ,especially without a brace. another reason to fire fox.

Posted by: raydaz | Jun 9, 2010 8:33:51 PM

got hurt without the pads?are you kidding me?sounds to me like another dan morgan lol

Posted by: don | Jun 9, 2010 9:34:46 PM

^^^^ wow. as if baseball players and basketball players and track athletes don't blow acl's regularly.

let's not forget biakabatuka when we mention the injury plagued panthers. if anybody remembers how incredible he was when he was 100% running behind one of the worst lines in the league.....i remember the oakland game in...97?....guy reversed field twice for touchdowns. could have been d'angelo williams if his knees worked.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 9, 2010 11:35:01 PM

Well this pretty much sucks, but as a team I think we're still ok. That Harris for Williams trade looks pretty smart now. Speaking of which, any info on how he might fit into the plan now. Haven't heard much about him and it seems he will be starting, or at seeing some more playing time, now that TD is out.

Posted by: 34+28=GREATNESS | Jun 10, 2010 2:01:06 AM

OK, if they try to put him back on the field last year, whoever is in charge of that decision should be fired immediately.

It's been proven over and over that it takes a year to recover from that kind of injury. It's obvious he pushed too hard too soon this go around, and we see what happens. To get on the field this year, he'd have to push it again. They need to learn from this, and shut him down. NOW.

Hope to see you at full strength next year, TD.

Posted by: David | Jun 10, 2010 8:44:56 AM

Kemo didnt even see a football field for a year!! Now hes playing for the Skins, good pick up for them. Hes fully recovered!! Totally the team trainers fault. Never should of been on the field!! Panthers staff blows!!!!

Posted by: JD | Jun 10, 2010 9:42:25 AM

move beason to weakside. he would be all over the field.

Posted by: j.o. | Jun 10, 2010 10:42:24 AM

Stay strong TD! We need ya!

Posted by: TripleNickle | Jun 10, 2010 11:21:03 AM

2 seasons in a row with a season ending injury, as much as I hate to see him go I think its time for it. Cant keep players around that end up getting paid to not play. Davis probably made a million or more last year, played how many games, half? Another 3.5 mil this year to not play. Its stuff like this that makes the Pantrhers not want to talk long term deals this year while they would have to pay the bulk of it up front as a signing bonus. What would they have had if they had paid him 50 mil for a 5 year deal, they would have had to pay him like 4o mil of it in a bulk sum & who knows how he will return now.It will be almost 2 seasons now he hasnt played, will he be the same?

Posted by: MrBrenz | Jun 10, 2010 11:55:52 AM

JD! You sure do you use "blows" a lot! Guess your good at that too!In a different sense!

Posted by: panfan1 | Jun 10, 2010 11:57:58 AM

I guess this DEFINITELY means we'll see alot more of Eric Norwood this year @ OLB ... never know, from the looks of this there could be a silver lining to TD getting hurt yet again. I think Dan Connor will finally get his chance to show the tackling machine that he was in college ..lets not forget the loss of TD stings really badly, and our training staff loses major points pushing him out earlier than it normally takes for that type of injury to heal...and what a shame. he was due to return to pro bowl form, however, the good news is we have good depth at the OLB position .. James Anderson has already proved he can play the strongside, we have Dan Conner who needs to step up, Eric Norwood is still a question mark but all signs point up w/ him and his pass rushing ability .. I think ultimately we'll keep Beason in the middle, put Eric in on the weakside for rushing downs and swap in Dan Conner for coverage against the run/pass .. I think James Anderson has the edge to start at strongside over Jamar Williams being he knows the system better...

Posted by: Shaun | Jun 10, 2010 11:57:58 AM

Thats stupid J.O. Beason is fine where he is. He needs to be back there callin the plays and making adjustments. Hes the best football mind on the field on the defensive side of the ball. Hes not as fast as T.D. so he actually probably wouldnt be as productive as Davis was in that spot

Posted by: beastpanther | Jun 10, 2010 2:03:16 PM

This does make you wonder what Davis and the staff was thinking. If he was not wearing a brace and this being OTA'S!!? OTA's?? and gets hurt.

The good thing is it happened now and not 2 months from now.
Get it taken care of now and he has plenty of time to recover for next year.

Don't rush it this time!

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Jun 10, 2010 3:59:53 PM

It's always easy to question after the fact but the reality is he didn't get back on the field without clearance from his doctor. As for the brace lots of players hate them and you can't make them wear one if they really don't want to. So I have a hard time blaming Fox for this.

I understand that in Meeks system the WLB is at least as important as the MLB but moving Beason would make no sense to me. The front seven is kind of young and it would seem silly to move your established MLB when there are others that can play that WLB position.

Posted by: john | Jun 10, 2010 4:48:04 PM

Not blaming fox on this. However Trainers and the Doc.s should have kept him limited, no matter how great he was feeling.

The knee was not going to get back to full strength wearing the brace in all activities, but that could have waited at least till training camp. My opinion.

I believe their were some guys on here expressed concern before the fact.

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Jun 10, 2010 10:29:37 PM

Now let's see who we might get off the waiver wire in about a month..

Posted by: Nasty704 | Jun 11, 2010 5:24:14 PM

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