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August 10, 2011

Update: Davis says foot is fine


Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis missed this morning's walkthrough to undergo a medical exam on his injured foot.

Coach Ron Rivera did not offer details about the injury other than to say it did not occur on a specific play.

Thomas went to have his foot looked at, and we'll go from there,” Rivera said.

But Davis said on Twitter this afternoon he was OK.

"My foot is fine. Thanks for your concerns," Davis tweeted. "Can't wait to prove my doubters wrong!!!"

Davis missed all or parts of the last two seasons while undergoing two ACL surgeries on his right knee. He signed a five-year, $35.5 million extension last month, although only the first year is guaranteed at $8 million.

He has been wearing a brace on his right knee through the first two weeks of training camp.

In other news …

--Rivera emphasized the depth chart released by the team Tuesday, which listed Jimmy Clausen ahead of Cam Newton at quarterback, was an unofficial version.

Rivera said coaches are still formulating rotations at all positions for Saturday's preseason opener against the New York Giants. The Panthers will be mindful about trying to protect the quarterbacks.

The one thing you don't want to do is expose any of our quarterbacks to a situation where they're in there with a bunch of young offensive linemen,” he said.

--Offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz received a pain-killing shot in his injured hip. Schwartz, competing for the starting spot at right guard, has been out since Saturday.

--Rivera is eager to see second-year DE Greg Hardy, who has yet to practice after he was injured last month in a motorcycle wreck in Tennessee. Hardy, who sustained severe abrasions in the crash, is continuing to heal and could be ready for the second half of the preseason schedule, Rivera said.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM | Permalink


i was worried about this with davis.

Posted by: Steve | Aug 10, 2011 12:46:38 PM

Enjoy looking at the depth chart...it'll be decimated by injuries soon enough.

Posted by: Allen | Aug 10, 2011 12:56:24 PM

Moneyman: I wish that's how it happened then I could be cool and call myself "Moneyman" as well! You *ssclown! (Now that's foul)

Posted by: Josh | Aug 10, 2011 12:57:55 PM

How do they give a player that was injured, and missed the entire last season and most of the season before last, a contract that huge? Did the office lose their minds during this lock out?

Posted by: Moronic Fanbase | Aug 10, 2011 1:13:14 PM

@Moronic Fanbase: They tend to lose their minds most off seasons. Ex-Delhomme contract Smh....

Posted by: Jeremy | Aug 10, 2011 1:20:37 PM

I don't understand why they signed Davis to such a big contract knowing he is injury prone. They should have signed him to a 1 or 2 year contract.

Posted by: Tyler | Aug 10, 2011 1:30:28 PM

His contract is not guaranteed. He has to perform this year to get all the benefits. It essentially IS a 1 year contract when you look at the details. It was actually a pretty good move by the Panthers.

Posted by: flanahan32 | Aug 10, 2011 1:41:09 PM

yea...read the actual contract details. hes guaranteed pretty much nothing. terrific move this offseason...one of our better moves.

Posted by: moman | Aug 10, 2011 1:52:34 PM

the last 2 posters are correct. Obviously the other people complaining have no idea what they are talking about. It was a great deal for TD and if he is able to stay 100% healthy and get back to his '09 form, we will be getting a bargain!

Posted by: Tom P | Aug 10, 2011 1:56:20 PM

He will do well this year, probably just being safe with him for the preseason..

Posted by: Robert | Aug 10, 2011 2:02:35 PM

I can't wait to hear how he injured his foot, probably on the treadmill or something. I've never seen a professional athlete have more catastrophic, non-contact injuries than TD. Granted, it'll only cost us 8 mil but that would have been used more wisely at CB or WR in my opinion. Move Norwood over to OLB, and shift Hardy or Everette "finesse" Brown into the other end position. Diddy out.

Posted by: Diddy | Aug 10, 2011 2:15:07 PM

Actually, Davis will get virtually nothing if he is unable to play and if the team wants, once he is medically cleared and (wink-nod) the Panthers doctors will clear him.

Now, once he is cleared he can be released...Nothing set in stone for Davis.

Posted by: Mr. Dabe Flelour, Sr. | Aug 10, 2011 2:44:51 PM

This was the Panthers worst deal...I like davis....good guy but he is going to do nothing on the field becuae he is on the sidelines!!!

Posted by: Scott | Aug 10, 2011 2:53:58 PM

davis quit getting injured you f@$%ing idiot

Posted by: mitchell | Aug 10, 2011 3:03:03 PM

WHAT? Davis is guaranteed $7 million! If he never plays another down of football, that's what we threw at him, and just keeping him until Week 1 next year will cost another $9 mil!

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 10, 2011 3:26:16 PM

you idiots still complain about contracts you don't understand.

they gave davis a deal that is only worth 1 year 8 million as a gamble to hope that he would be the pro bowl caliber guy he was right before he got hurt 2 years ago. that's not a huge risk to take for that guy and we've got a couple guys in omar gaither and dan conner who both have starting experience and are quality starters in this league.

and delhomme had a HUGE cap figure for 2008 and we couldn't keep peppers, gross, delhomme, etc. etc. etc. without reworking some contracts. they didn't give him much more money but they did so, so that the veteran group we had in place could make one last run while we could still afford them and they were still relatively in their primes. we had a great year that year. move worked. we were then able to cut the guy in the uncapped year and clear ALL of that spread out money off the books during a rebuilding year. that's just great cap management. know when you are buying and when you are selling but maintain flexibility both ways.

we have a great GM and Owner and all you brainless effs do is complain. complain about the bobcats but not about the panthers. the nfl is tough, a lot of parity and a lot of luck (regarding injuries). we aren't the bengals or the bills or the raiders. we have nothing to complain about.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 10, 2011 3:55:12 PM

If some of you would just understand what you read you'd be able to determine that Davis is guaranteed 8 million. The article right above on Davis states as much.

So, if Davis is unable to play this season and the Panthers cut him because of it, Davis would get 8 million and the Panthers would lose 8 million and a WLB. Wouldn't be a good deal for the Panthers no matter how hard the homers try spinning it.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Aug 10, 2011 3:58:25 PM

davis is ok, got a twitter update that stated it was a mild sprain, taking precautionary measures..

Posted by: davis cuzzo | Aug 10, 2011 4:19:11 PM

Read people! His contract is only guaranteed for the first year. Yeah 8 large is a big number, but only for this year if he proves to be Morganed by the injury bug!
I have enough faith to believe in the new plan.

Posted by: scottgal | Aug 10, 2011 5:16:43 PM

I like Davis, but he's not worth $8M/year.

Posted by: Sambo | Aug 10, 2011 5:22:35 PM

Really? Lol! Evidently No one comminting has ever played a down of Football. Hey, TD is fine. When playing such a physical game, you're most definitely constantly exposing yourself to some occassional bangs & dings. They're keeping him out of practice as a precaution just to give it, a "LIGHT SPRAIN", some rest B4 the regular season starts. He'll be fine & back to PRO BOWL form this season. To all you Doubters, God Bless! I'm pullin 4 TD, one of the Best LBs in the league, apart of 1 of the best LB crews in the league. Stop Panicing so much, lol, TD's fine.

Posted by: Gabriel Ramseur | Aug 10, 2011 5:32:34 PM

it's a risk/reward situation. if he's healthy.....you get a 12 million dollar backer locked up for 5 years at a much lower number. if he's not healthy you lose 8 million THIS year on a rebuilding team.

which would hurt more? davis missing another year, his contract being voided and he possibly coming back on a VERY SMALL deal or retiring.....or davis leaving to go play at a pro bowl level elsewhere?

it's not quite greg oden....the guy started 3 and a half years before the injury bug hit and was very solid and peaking towards elite in 2009. you don't let that walk away. a one year 8 million dollar "let's see if he can get healthy" contract is completely worth it. it's a great deal for us if he's healthy and it's not a terrible deal for us if he's not. we lose out on.......? i don't see what we lose given us being in rebuilding mode right now anyways.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 10, 2011 5:32:51 PM

Shew! I thought it was going be another ending story!!

Who cares who starts! It's preseason! Were talking about preseason! It's not a real game! It's preseason!!Preseason is to evaluate! So maybe the one player in certain postion & see how he would perform if called upon whether starting or coming off the bench!!

Posted by: panfan1 | Aug 10, 2011 7:05:41 PM

If your foot is fine, get your butt on the field! Unless it's really your knee.

Posted by: qdog112 | Aug 10, 2011 9:04:13 PM

Leslie McDonald also tweeted he was fine, and then two days later it was revealed he tore his ACL.

Posted by: Tom P | Aug 10, 2011 10:18:45 PM

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