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September 09, 2010

Davis eyes midseason return

Thomas Davis is holding out hope that he will play this season.

The Panthers' linebacker, attempting to come back from his second torn ACL in his right knee in a seventh-month period, believes he is on track to return this year.

"We're just hoping and wishing that everything keeps going the way that it is right now, and I should be back midway through the season," Davis said Thursday. "That's the goal, and right now we're on course to actually making that."

Davis re-injured his knee in June while backpedaling during a noncontact drill. The injury came seven months after Davis first tore his ACL at New Orleans in November, ending what had been a Pro Bowl-type season.

Davis is on the physically unable to perform list, which requires him to miss the first six weeks of the season. The Panthers then have three weeks to decide whether Davis can play this season.

The 27-year-old Davis, the Panthers' first-round pick in 2005, continues to rehab the knee and began running last week.

"I was able to go out and do the conditioning running with the team. I think a lot of people were surprised to see me out there doing that," Davis said. "It's just a credit to our trainers and how well of a job they've done. We understand that this is the second go-round and we're being a lot more cautious with it now."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 9, 2010 at 02:57 PM | Permalink

Comments

Since the Panthers seem to like their backup running backs, what do you think of a trade with San Diego whereby we give either Williams OR Stewart for VJax? Seems like a win win for both teams.

Posted by: Scott Cline | Sep 9, 2010 4:25:59 PM

Don't come back too soon TD. We need you beyond this season. Take care of that knee and come back 110%. All the best!

Posted by: mdizzy5 | Sep 9, 2010 4:45:39 PM

williams or stew for a slightly above average receiver in vincent jackson is comical...san diego would be big winners in that trade...

Posted by: vyuouhcfihlhy | Sep 9, 2010 4:45:41 PM

Scott DeCline,
what have you been smoking? you must be one of the guys wanting T J whosyourmama. I wouldn't trade Sutton or Goodson for jackson.

Posted by: Panther kid | Sep 9, 2010 5:11:41 PM

HaHa great Panthers banter. Williams and Stewart are 2 of the few LOCKS to stay with this team long term. Vincent Jackson is what Brandon Lafell will be in a few seasons, we are riding the youth this year. Jackson's not worth what he thinks he is, which is why the Chargers won't pay him and the Panthers certainly won't.
As for Thomas Davis, I'm stunned. I would love to see him return this year, but only if he is 110%. My guess is the Panthers use him if they look like playoff contenders at mid-season, if not, he goes on the shelf until 2011

Posted by: SFPFC | Sep 9, 2010 5:46:40 PM

@Scott Cline

A win/win for both teams? Really? trading one of our top 10 backs. To a team that should put them in the super bowl. For a receiver, who benefits playing with a great QB/TEnd in Rivers/Gates.

Jackson isn't worth no $30 million in guaranteed in money. Knowing this fanbase, everybody will complain how overpaid he is.

Posted by: adam carter | Sep 9, 2010 6:12:53 PM

At SCott Cline-Don't come around here anymore.

Posted by: Darin | Sep 9, 2010 6:18:47 PM

D. Williams is far from being a lock to remain with this team long term since he'll be 28 next year. I dont see the panthers giving him a long term deal when they have a much younger Stewart waiting in the wings. There is no way both backs will get paid starting money either.

As far as TD, the panthers were stupid to rush his rehab the first time. When will these losers ever learn? They're going to ruin TDs career if they let him on the field this year.

Posted by: darin is an idiot | Sep 9, 2010 6:41:21 PM

I commend Davis for wanting to be out there with his team but someone in the organization needs to have the brains to sit him for the season. He is a star and will be for several more seasons as long as he doesn't get hurt really bad. We're in the middle of a youth movement here so the team really needs to think long term and insure that Davis will continue to be a beast for years to come and not a promising athlete who's career is ended by injuries.

Posted by: Matt | Sep 9, 2010 7:58:31 PM

Not a Panthers fan

But Carolina can always franchise Deangelo W for a year. To hopefully see if they could come to a new deal or try to trade him.

But Thomas D came back to early on his own. I read a report on how one of the panthers coaching staff told Davis to wear a knee brace. He didn't listen, so its his fault.

Posted by: josh smith | Sep 9, 2010 9:46:55 PM

True, Josh.....

Posted by: Nasty704 | Sep 9, 2010 10:14:51 PM

Where are all the geniuses that like to blame Fox for all the injuries??

Posted by: SYRPIS | Sep 10, 2010 1:32:02 AM

cowboys dealt crayton to chargers so that means they will trade wide receiver Vincent Jackson to somebody.rams are showing interest already...i say trade our 2012 2nd round pick to chargers for him.we need a wr to win football games right now this year not another 4-5 years settling for young wr's.

Posted by: danny | Sep 10, 2010 2:14:16 AM

Davis needs to sit back, rehab and come back to football in the regular season NEXT year.

Playing this year will just risk his career.

Posted by: Thorrez | Sep 10, 2010 7:43:58 AM

Can somebody talk some sense into TD? Apparently our trainers aren't. He came back too soon the first time, and he's trying to come back SOONER this time???

Sure, the Panthers would love to have TD on the field. A healthy TD. Trying to come back this year means that will probably NEVER happen.

It's admirable to want to help your team, but for once, do the right thing. Think about your career. See you next year.

Posted by: David | Sep 10, 2010 9:06:28 AM

Can somebody talk some sense into TD? Apparently our trainers aren't. He came back too soon the first time, and he's trying to come back SOONER this time???

Sure, the Panthers would love to have TD on the field. A healthy TD. Trying to come back this year means that will probably NEVER happen.

It's admirable to want to help your team, but for once, do the right thing. Think about your career. See you next year.

Posted by: David | Sep 10, 2010 9:06:28 AM

Can somebody talk some sense into TD? Apparently our trainers aren't. He came back too soon the first time, and he's trying to come back SOONER this time???

Sure, the Panthers would love to have TD on the field. A healthy TD. Trying to come back this year means that will probably NEVER happen.

It's admirable to want to help your team, but for once, do the right thing. Think about your career. See you next year.

Posted by: David | Sep 10, 2010 9:06:28 AM

The Panthers didn't trade Sutton to Seattle because he will replace Williams next year...

Posted by: I'm Smarter Than You | Sep 10, 2010 10:23:51 AM

i hate not having TD in the lineup but i dont think he will ever be able to play at the level were used to seeing. 1 of these knee injuries is tough enough to come back from but 2 on the same knee in 1 year = career ending injury. at best he will be on na'il diggs level but the TD we have grown to love left it all on the field last year and wont be returning

Posted by: dar456 | Sep 10, 2010 10:33:56 AM

i hate not having TD in the lineup but i dont think he will ever be able to play at the level were used to seeing. 1 of these knee injuries is tough enough to come back from but 2 on the same knee in 1 year = career ending injury. at best he will be on na'il diggs level but the TD we have grown to love left it all on the field last year and wont be returning

Posted by: dar456 | Sep 10, 2010 10:33:56 AM

anyone who thinks deangelo williams is not going to get a long term deal at least offered to him is nuts. the way they have it set up now, williams and stew are contributing to each other's longevity. i know the old cliche that 30 year old rb's start going downhill, but think about d-will's situation compared to a tomlinson or shaun alexander. both of those guys were workhorses who carried the load for their respective teams for years, whereas williams compliments stew and vice versa. williams seems to be a team first guy, too, because he's not complaining about that contract he signed as a rookie, even though he could (and should) be making top $$ at this point in his career.

with the right deal, i could def. see d-will/stew backfield for a long time. especially given stew's apparent heel problem that seems to be a hindrance to him. the panthers need to keep williams because of that, or hope that goodson and/or sutton pans out. we'll see...

Posted by: brock | Sep 10, 2010 9:27:08 PM

Dwill may get franchised next year but he will not recieve a long term deal at his age and with Stewart ready to replace him.

Posted by: Darin is an idiot | Sep 10, 2010 10:46:54 PM

Williams ain't going anywhere. First off you are confusing his age with mileage. He hasn't been having 300+ carry seasons. Those are what kill RBs not just turning 30. He will get a deal that will secure his services past his 30th. And we will keep Stewart as well. When we get a new cap the Panthers will be at least 70 million under it. They will resign who they need to to keep this young core of stars together.

I don't know where some people get off calling other people idiots when their own thought processes are so suspect.

Posted by: john | Sep 11, 2010 3:59:14 PM

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