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August 16, 2011

Davis cleared to play this week


After missing nearly two years – and last week's preseason opener against the Giants – Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is expected to return Friday at Miami.

Davis, who is coming off two ACL surgeries on his right knee, developed a foot injury last week that kept him out of the opener. But he has been fitted with new cleats and orthotic insoles, and first-year coach Ron Rivera said he expects Davis to play against the Dolphins.

He's been great. They caught it early. It didn't turn into anything big, so that was the best part,” Rivera said today. “New shoes, new orthotics. And it's taken a lot of pressure off his foot, so that's the big thing.”

Davis looked good at Monday's practice. He ran stride for stride with tailback DeAngelo Williams down the sideline.

Rivera, a former NFL linebacker who played nine seasons with the Bears, also likes the attitude Davis brings to the defensive huddle.

A few other notes …

--Fourth-team QB Tony Pike is in California visiting a specialist for his injured throwing shoulder. Pike was shut down for an arm issue at the end of his rookie season last year.

--Tailback/kickoff returner Mike Goodson has been watching video of former Giants tailback Tiki Barber, who corrected a fumbling problem to have a long, productive career.

--Cornerback Chris Gamble continues to rest his hamstring and groin. Gamble goes through walkthroughs and installation periods, but has not been participating in live drills.

--Besides the obvious name – punt returner Armanti Edwards – Rivera mentioned the following players who have stood out on special teams: CB Kendric Burney, LBs Thomas Williams and Sean Ware (who blocked a FG vs. the Giants) and WRs Charly Martin and Kealoha Pilares.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 16, 2011 at 01:05 PM | Permalink


gamble prefers to go through live drills in games rather than in practice. my favorite is when he gives the opposing receiver a 5 yd cushion and then chases him all the way to the end zone

Posted by: dar456 | Aug 16, 2011 1:37:41 PM

interesting to see who they keep and let go at WR......gettis going down has to make it easier to keep pilares but even if they keep 6 receivers.....smith, lafell, edwards, naanee, pilares, leaves one spot for clowney or martin and you have to figure that spot is martins. more likely they carry 5 and hope to keep martin on practice squad until needed. if gettis is healthy, it's a real question mark.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 16, 2011 1:39:04 PM

cant wait to see how TD plays!

Posted by: tombottomsides | Aug 16, 2011 1:46:47 PM

Kendric Burney will start before the year is over.

Posted by: teapartytime!!! | Aug 16, 2011 2:02:18 PM


Posted by: jim | Aug 16, 2011 2:11:50 PM

I have to say Kendric Burney seriously looked like he wanted to start . Dude showed game breaking up 3 passes!

Posted by: paul | Aug 16, 2011 2:20:03 PM

Why is Pike still on this roster? Cut him and open another spot. Three QBs is pleeeeenty with Armanti as a fourth if need be. If we get to the point we need the #3 guy playing then it really doesn't matter anyway. Agree with dar456 regarding Gamble. I would have thought he would have been the first to go. Did Chris destroy the tapes before Rivera had a chance to review?

Posted by: Tito Pantera | Aug 16, 2011 2:35:45 PM

Clowney isn't eligible for the practice squad and I'm pretty sure Martin isn't either. Obviously Pilares would be.

Posted by: HighPointPantherFan | Aug 16, 2011 2:40:23 PM

Hopefully Davis will soon get back to getting to the ball with bad intentions.

Posted by: BullCityDog | Aug 16, 2011 3:04:26 PM

If Martin continues to perform like he did on Saturday in special teams, he should make the team, and Pilares to the practice squad (to be pulled up if someone else gets hurt). I would also be fine with cutting Naanee, and putting Pilares on the active roster, cause he might not make it through waivers if we put him on the PS. Theres no way we keep 6 wr's on the active roster.

Posted by: johnboy | Aug 16, 2011 3:24:25 PM

Can't agree more BullCity!!!

Posted by: Josh | Aug 16, 2011 3:29:35 PM

Agree with johnboy. Naanee needs to really impress during live games. Pilares will NOT survive the waiver wire. Planning to hide him on the practice squad is risky if not foolish.

Posted by: jrauhauser | Aug 16, 2011 4:20:36 PM

you would think not, especially since they're talking about keeping 4 tight ends (which in itself is crazy).

but if smith, lafell, edwards, pilares, and martin are the 5 we keep active.....that's pretty rough. I think we keep naanee or clowney given that edwards and martin will be playing other positions prominently. Unless they really feel like edwards or pilares can be the #3 receiver. and that's assuming they think lafell is the #2 with gettis out.

and i'm not sure but i think martin should still be eligible for practice squad. not sure how many weeks he was on the 53 man active roster last year. but he doesn't have 3 years on practice squads so it comes down to his experience.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 16, 2011 4:36:57 PM

Don't do it until the scrimmages are over! All of us know how awesome you are and don't want to see you hurt again. You've earned your roster spot. Let someone else, who needs to earn a roster spot, play against Miami.

Thomas Davis, you are too valuable to lose again.

Posted by: Dougie | Aug 16, 2011 4:43:24 PM

I'd be nervous letting Davis play. The last thing we need to risk loosing an injury prone player during the preseason!

Posted by: fake dr note | Aug 16, 2011 5:36:52 PM

Great, Awesome! TD is running stride for stride with DWill.... sounds like he is really fit to play some flag football! I won't drink the coolaid or jump on the bandwagon until I see him hit someone WITHOUT getting hurt! Sorry, but I think we will end up losing the "gamble" on this one....... TD will be on IR by game 3.

Posted by: TheTruth | Aug 16, 2011 5:54:04 PM

so what do yall suggest? sitting him the entire season? the guy should be going 100% with no precaution (during the game) every game this year. if he gets hurt, we waive him after the season and try resigning him to minimal deals but basically replace him as the starter.

you don't get anything out of anybody by not playing them.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 16, 2011 6:07:53 PM

Well.... I would "suggest" the facts of the matter are:

"After missing nearly two years – and last week's preseason opener against the Giants....."


Look, I'm not one to discount the lack of talent or the desire to get back to "true form", but come on, he doesn't have a good track record.... facts are facts! Could he prove us all wrong? Sure, and I will be the first to eat some crow and say I was wrong IF he does, but I'm not optimistic. I just think we need to look elsewhere but what do I know.....I'm not on the Panther's payroll.

Posted by: TheTruth | Aug 16, 2011 7:44:34 PM

i'm sure we will look elsewhere........the second he gets hurt again. guarantee that if he misses significant time and or is ineffective this season that he gets waived or a restructured deal after the season.

good news is that we have both gaither and conner behind him that are both more than capable starters in the nfl. we have great depth at that position as much as running back and tight end.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 16, 2011 8:02:15 PM

If he is that brittle then we will lose him in game 1. Rather lose him in Preseason then having to adjust after the season starts. I think he will be just fine.

Posted by: davethepanther | Aug 17, 2011 6:35:24 AM

Hey, it'll only be an $8 million loss when he goes down again, guys. At least Richardson is spending! Ha.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 17, 2011 11:36:03 AM

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