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August 24, 2012

LB Davis to play Sunday vs. Jets, Smith and Beason out

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said linebacker Thomas Davis will play Sunday night against the New York Jets.

Davis has been hampered by a strained calf while recovering from a third reconstructive knee surgery, but the linebacker has seen time on the practice field this week.

Wide receiver Steve Smith, who at some point during the weekend suffered a foot infection, will not play Sunday. Rivera said if this were the regular season, Smith would officially be ruled as "out."

Smith was still on crutches Friday after first being seen on them Wednesday after a doctor's visit. He's been on antibiotics and the team is monitoring the swelling. 

Linebacker Jon Beason will also not play while he continues to nurse a hamstring injury.

Defensive tackle Andre Neblett has been out for nearly two weeks with an undisclosed illness. On Friday, Rivera said he had recently been told that Neblett had suffered from hypertension, stress and fatigue. There's no definite timetable on his return--he's suspended the first four games of the season anyway--but Rivera said he expects him back "soon."

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on August 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM | Permalink


TD, we are all rooting for you. I dont care if you dont even like the panthers, you have to root for this man. So many would have thrown in the towel and sat home with a fat bank account. Good luck!

Posted by: Praying for TD | Aug 24, 2012 2:02:48 PM

nice meeting you last night JJ. thanks for all the updates on the panthers.

Posted by: slim shady | Aug 24, 2012 2:05:42 PM

"I'm just in total shock that Beason is still out. He's been such a hard worker since he signed his lucrative contract, staying healthy, starting games, and really performing up to his pay on the field."

-Said nobody ever

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Aug 24, 2012 2:06:25 PM

Freddie, if this were anything but a preseason game I'd agree with you.

Posted by: wes.mantooth | Aug 24, 2012 2:24:21 PM

Im getting really nervous with this whole Beason situation...

Posted by: Godwin | Aug 24, 2012 2:26:03 PM

Im getting really nervous with this whole Beason situation...

Posted by: Godwin | Aug 24, 2012 2:26:04 PM

Freddie, you are such a troll. Beason will start the season opener and record double digit tackles along with a turnover against Tampa. Mark it, know it, believe it. Said ME

Posted by: Get Serious | Aug 24, 2012 2:27:27 PM

Freddie: If nobody ever said that, there is no need for quotation marks. Maybe you should try to complete elementary school. Unless they don't let you attend school down in the park...

Posted by: Mike | Aug 24, 2012 2:33:32 PM

Godwin, start getting nervous when he's sitting out against Tampa.

Posted by: Mike | Aug 24, 2012 2:36:51 PM

A hamstring that takes 4 weeks or more to heal is cause for alarm. I said the same thing last year about Beason's achilles. When he hurt the hamstring it was called a 'tweak'. Tweaks don't take a month off to get better. Something much more serious is going on.

Posted by: Procton's Folly | Aug 24, 2012 2:38:12 PM

We're all pulling for you TD. You the man! Go Panthers!!

Posted by: Alcore | Aug 24, 2012 3:26:06 PM

you guys have no clue..beason is fine, he will play the first game at tampa, bank on it..i am rooting for davis this weekend..go TD!!!!

Posted by: pantherlife | Aug 24, 2012 3:27:42 PM

Really hope TD can get through this game. I would love to see him get through the season. Best to ya buddy. Love that you're a Panther!

Posted by: Jon Jones | Aug 24, 2012 3:32:51 PM

Folly-Well considering Arian Foster was out for 3-4 weeks last year with a hamstring injury, I think it's understandable. Especially since we're talking pre-season and not reg season. Some of you guys need to get a grip with the conspiracies. It's football, not the US gov't.

Posted by: Mike | Aug 24, 2012 3:45:24 PM

I got a feeling TD is gonna blow that knee out. i hope to get my hands on a piece of the meniscus shrapnel that comes out when it blows out all the way this time, add that to my unique collection of panther memorabilia.

Posted by: juice box hero | Aug 24, 2012 4:09:37 PM

David gettis and beason both have hamstring pulls and haven't practiced since.....weird

Posted by: freeze8575 | Aug 24, 2012 4:43:14 PM

PANTHERS will regret not signing WR plaxico burress

Posted by: doa2 | Aug 24, 2012 5:33:35 PM

Carolina Panthers are going to embarrass the Jets. However we better not let their special teams embarrass us. GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Aug 24, 2012 9:43:12 PM

FutureGreatNFLQB. Teblow is that you? Shouldn't you be out practicing so you show Boomer you really aren't the worst QB ever to put a uniform on. Beason is out because we want NY to continue with the Teblow love affair. If Beason played you would look more like a christmas tree than a football player cause Beason would light you up. Teblow before you come on our page how about learning to throw a football. My 5 year old nephew his more accurate than you.

Posted by: davethepanther | Aug 24, 2012 10:07:03 PM

Tebow benching 600??? With 2 spotters?
Yeah not in my gym, maybe in his head and yours...

An "athlete" to bench over 400 is.. wow!
If you are not saavy to lifting than yes seems possible. This is how these rumors get started!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Aug 26, 2012 12:19:48 AM

Even if Beason plays vs. Tampa, he won't and shouldn't start. He's quikcly gone from best LB on the team to 4th best. I don't know that he can even hang with Thomas Davis now.

Posted by: Frank | Aug 26, 2012 8:51:15 AM

Byron Bell is terrible!

Posted by: Steven | Aug 26, 2012 9:34:02 PM

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