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Thomas Davis out for year with torn ACL (again)

Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:59 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton is the guy for the Panthers throwing for insane yardage and drawing all the headlines these days. He's going to have to keep doing that, too, as an already bad  Panthers defense is getting worse, and quickly. Just last week, Carolina lost All-Pro linebacker Jon Beason for the year with a torn Achilles. This time, it's Thomas Davis' turn.

The linebacker announced on Twitter (via Brian McIntyre) that he's out for the season with a torn ACL ... for the third-straight season.

"I would like 2 take the time and thank every1 that has supported me over my career," Davis tweeted. "Unfortunately, I have re torn my acl. Thx 4 da prayers!!"

This is a huge blow for the Panthers, of course, and a shame, because Davis appeared to have reclaimed the explosiveness that he flashed in previous years (particularly when he hawked Aaron Rodgers down from behind on Sunday).

But now he's done for the year and it's a particularly awkward injury because the Panthers inexplicably gave Davis a $7 million signing bonus when they inexplicably offered him a five-year contract as he came off his second-straight shortened year thanks to a torn ACL. (In fairness, just one of the years was guaranteed, but Davis was under team control for 2011 and barring an absolute explosion this year, probably wasn't going anywhere else.)

Davis is a great player when healthy, but there's just no reason to believe he can stay on the field after three consecutive seasons of bowing out early with a serious knee injury.

In terms of how this effects the Panthers right now, it's pretty devastating -- James Anderson is a sneaky stud at linebacker and Dan Connor's good at stopping the run, but one of the best linebacking corps in the NFL is suddenly one of the thinnest.

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Thomas Davis out for year with torn ACL (again)

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Posted on: December 25, 2011 1:01 pm

Thomas Davis out for year with torn ACL (again)

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Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:33 pm

Thomas Davis out for year with torn ACL (again)

As a Panthers fan, it sucks to see yet another really good linebacker having an injury-plagued career. Panthers fans will remember the career of Dan Morgan who made Pro Bowls but who had several concussions and was forced to retire far too soon. I agree with Brinson that it was inexplicable to give Davis such a huge contract after being injured two consecutive seasons. MLB Jon Beason has been my favorite Panther since he was drafted in 2007, and now it looks like he could start having injury problems after going on the IR. I thought he came back too early after missing all of training camp and the preseason. Every team has injuries, so it can't be used as an excuse for losing, but the Panthers always lose one of their best players every year. Everyone thought our D would be at least average this year and that our O would struggle with Cam after being the worst in the leauge last year, but it looks like the opposite is true. This is the most exciting offense the Panthers have ever had, and it looks like one of our worst D's ever. Next draft we need some secondary help, linebacking help, and D-line help! It looks like it might just be another really rough year, but at least we now have a QB for the future.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 5:48 pm

Thomas Davis out for year with torn ACL (again)

WOW, Mowse... thanks for that incredible insight... you're a regular genuis.

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Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:59 pm

Thomas Davis out for year with torn ACL (again)

say goodbye career.

Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:08 pm

Thomas Davis out for year with torn ACL (again)

wow that stinks.  thoughts are with you TD. thanks for the effort and best of luck in your next career pursuit.

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