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September 18, 2011

Davis suffers leg injury, uncertain how serious

Linebacker Thomas Davis suffered a leg injury in the second half but it was unclear how serious it might be. Davis, who missed the past 1 1/2 seasons due to two ACL injuries, returned to the game for one play before returning to the bench.

Davis was walking on the sideline with no noticeable limp but head coach Ron Rivera did not have a definitive diagnosis after the game.

"Thomas is sore," Rivera said. "He caught a leg below the knee just to the back of the calf area so we'll see," Rivera said.

The Panthers lost starting middle linebacker Jon Beason to an Achilles injury last week. Losing Davis for an extended period of time could be a devastating blow to the defense.

"Any time you lose somebody off your starting team, it's hard," Panthers safety Charles Godfrey said. "We also have other guys who have to step up and have to play. The season is not going to stop. We're going to have to get those guys to play.

"It's a tough one. Hopefully, he can pull through and be able to play. If not, the next man in and hopefully they'll be ready to play."

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on September 18, 2011 at 07:08 PM | Permalink

Comments

Ugh. The defense is suspect enough already. Hope TD is ok. If the back end and DL can just improve a little bit, the Panthers are a pretty good team. And they need to find a running game, at least some semblance of one. Perhaps when Otah returns.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Sep 18, 2011 8:01:59 PM

Jordan Pugh needs to be cut ASAP. I dont know anyone better off the top of my head, but he had another terrible game today.

Benny Sapp?

Posted by: dust | Sep 18, 2011 8:06:50 PM

Tired of depending on injury risk players I know it is part of the but Otah and Davis can go even tho I love them

Posted by: IceWhiteice | Sep 18, 2011 8:24:40 PM

It's not Pugh's fault. It's Rivera's, for not even TRYING to find a starting-caliber corner to augment Gamble. Munnerlyn is a nickel, and Stanford, Butler, and Thomas are dimes at best. When you have to bring in a SAFETY for your nickel package, that's a PROBLEM. Then again, perhaps Pugh wants to follow Godfrey's track record of allowing TDs and blowing coverages all the way to the bank.

And IWI: They won't get rid of Davis. He's part of the "core!" That's why they blew nine million on him before he even played a single snap this year.

Posted by: MichaelProcton | Sep 18, 2011 8:27:36 PM

I am very impressed with how DAVIS has played this season...I had my doubts...

Posted by: Scott | Sep 18, 2011 8:46:30 PM

I am very impressed with how DAVIS has played this season...I had my doubts...

Posted by: Scott | Sep 18, 2011 8:46:30 PM

Rob Chudzinzki should realize that there needs to be more of a balance of running and passing. Panthers are passing way too much. I like the fact that we pass more then years past, but dang. Maybe he's heard, here is a such thing as running the clock. Passing all 4 downs on practically every drive at the goalline is stupid. Every game doesn't need to be a shootout. We should of won against Arizona and Green Bay. I have to give Cam credit. He's playing well except for the picks, but your going to have interceptions when your throwing for over 400 yards. Keep it up Cam!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Sep 18, 2011 8:52:02 PM

We gave Green Bay all day to come back by not running the clock while were up, and passing the majority of the time.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Sep 18, 2011 8:53:54 PM

All those complaining about the money spent on Davis should note that his contract has on opt out clause for the team, if he in fact cannot stay healthy this season. He was a pro bowl caliber player before he was hurt, so with that opt out clause they would be stupid to not see if he can stay that way again.

Posted by: fansince95 | Sep 18, 2011 9:15:34 PM

Need more beef to fill up the middle of the D-line.

Our O-line is not very good. Pass protection is fair. Run blocking is horrible. Our guards can't seem to be able to get to the LB's. The RB's are always being hit either at or behind the line of scrimmage. Maybe they are still stacking the line and that is why Newton has alot of lanes to throw.

Newton looks to be the real deal. Let's go Panthers!

Posted by: Tom | Sep 18, 2011 9:23:32 PM

Procton, are you seriously blaming Rivera for not signing another db? Blame Hurney and JR. They're the architects of this overpay the "core" philosphy. They only left enough money to sign the best of the rejects. Thank goodness Hangartner fell into our laps or the OL would be a disaster, too.

Posted by: C'Mon Man | Sep 18, 2011 9:34:20 PM

Procton should know about failure?, check out his failed transcript.

Posted by: david | Sep 18, 2011 10:01:17 PM

insert the ("i know nothing about football but i like to get on here and complain about the current team even regardless of what they do even though i know very little about what im talking about but i really like to complain anonymously on these meaningless message boards") comment

Posted by: john | Sep 18, 2011 10:01:18 PM

Marshall has two picks for AZ already, why did we let him go and keep Gamble and Captain, who only pick their noses during games?

Good to see Jeff King get his due with 2 TD catches also for AZ. One more thing to throw into the faces of the Clausen lovers out there. Clausen reminds me a bit of Adam Morrison this year, out of uniform and cheering on others.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Sep 18, 2011 10:35:25 PM

Panther Fan - Chud would love to run the ball but the OL can't block for our RBs. Hell, the CO even wrote an entire article about that very fact. Run plays are worthless when you're averaging less than two yards per carry.

The OL desperately needs some help, because you're right, we can't live this unbalanced and need to start running the ball. I actually started laughing every time the Panthers ran play action yesterday, because it didn't sell a single Packer on the fake.

Posted by: Curry | Sep 19, 2011 7:40:05 AM

Pantherfan you are right on agree 100%.

The only time Cam was under center was on play action or couple times trying to run is why they didn't bite. You cannot be in shotgun 85% of the time and leave yourself just with the option to run. You stay in shotgun you are telegraphing what you are going to do,ecspecially if you hand it off 3yds in the backfield. The o-line is doing fine.
They are barely even trying to run. The screens are good but we have two of the best backs in the league. You take 10 passes away and run at least one of those interceptions may not have happened, IMO!

Bottom line he has to be under center more.

Posted by: 10-4! | Sep 19, 2011 8:07:25 AM

So if davis misses this year again, we have to cut him right?

Posted by: me | Sep 19, 2011 9:08:29 AM

ANY team can't throw 40+ times and expect to win unless that's your offense like NE/NO/GB ,if the Panthers don't run 25 times a game effecively they can't expect to win over 3-4 games

Posted by: Rae Carruth | Sep 19, 2011 10:36:16 AM

Panthers are 29th in rushing offense. Not good enough. Of course 1 big game changes that dramatically but we must run the ball better and help Cam out.

Posted by: Brian | Sep 19, 2011 11:40:30 AM

The Panthers won't be successful running until Newton and offense prove they can win when their opponents stack the line to contain the RBs and Newton from running. So far, their opponents have been out to take away the Panthers running game betting on that rookie QB Newton won't be able to beat them passing, and so far their opponents have been right.

Yards are meaningless when they come without a score or worse, when they come with an interception. Throwing the ball up for grabs almost 50 times while gaining many yards and 3 interceptions is not great QB play. A QB that throws only 200 yards with 2 TDs and 0 Ints is playing much better, especially if he helps his team win the game. Throwing fir 1st downs on 3rd downs is also helpful to an offense.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Sep 19, 2011 11:42:17 AM

The Panthers won't be successful running until Newton and offense prove they can win when their opponents stack the line to contain the RBs and Newton from running. So far, their opponents have been out to take away the Panthers running game betting on that rookie QB Newton won't be able to beat them passing, and so far their opponents have been right.

Yards are meaningless when they come without a score or worse, when they come with an interception. Throwing the ball up for grabs almost 50 times while gaining many yards and 3 interceptions is not great QB play. A QB that throws only 200 yards with 2 TDs and 0 Ints is playing much better, especially if he helps his team win the game. Throwing fir 1st downs on 3rd downs is also helpful to an offense.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Sep 19, 2011 11:42:17 AM

Not every run play is going to be a break out play. Just because some, or most of the run plays got shut down doesn't mean our O-line can't run block. It just means Green Bay has a really good defense. If we ran a little more, then eventually we would probaly of gotten some big runs. I hope Rob Chudzinski doesn't forget that it's possible to make the other teams burn time outs when your up in the last few minutes of a game.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Sep 19, 2011 1:00:44 PM

It's harder to pass block, then run block anyway.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Sep 19, 2011 1:01:35 PM

It's harder to pass block, then run block anyway.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Sep 19, 2011 1:01:35 PM

It's harder to pass block, then run block anyway.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Sep 19, 2011 1:01:35 PM

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