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Panthers hope Thomas Davis can still play

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has torn his right ACL twice in the last seven months, but the team is still hopeful that he’ll be able to play this season.

Rather than place Davis on injured reserve, NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that the Panthers will move him to the Physically Unable to Perform list.  PUP would make Davis ineligible for the first six games of the season, and give the Panthers a three-week window thereafter to decide whether he’s healthy enough to resume playing.
Though the odds of Davis stepping onto the field for a regular season game in 2010 seem long, the player’s camp isn’t opposed to the idea.
“The only thing I can say is if there is one person that can rehab again and do the whole thing over,” said Davis’ agent, Todd France, “he’s the one who has the right attitude and work ethic to do it.”
France also indicated that Davis has received positive feedback after checkup with Dr. James Andrews.  “He said there’s no big picture issue, which is a great thing to hear,” said France.
Davis is expected to have the ACL re-repaired shortly.  It sounds like he is targeting a return in late October to early November, which gives Davis 4-5 months to recover.
We wouldn’t bet on him making it back.
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6 Responses to “Panthers hope Thomas Davis can still play”
  1. jasonaroth says: Jun 10, 2010 10:55 AM

    they need to do what is best for the player. Put him on IR and let him heal completely. Rushing back will only diminish his career and eat a spot that they can use for depth

  2. 23 says: Jun 10, 2010 11:06 AM

    Are the Panthers THAT desperate ? Really ?
    It’s supposed to be a 6 month minimum from surgery to return to athletics and a preferred 7-9 months (January-March timeframe).

  3. 23 says: Jun 10, 2010 11:08 AM

    There is no roster spot taken up when someone is on the PUP list. Out for the first 6 weeks then the team has 3 more to decide what to do with the player (activate him to the active roster or place him on IR).

  4. jj jones says: Jun 10, 2010 11:21 AM

    I wish I had Dr. James Andrews’ bank account.

  5. TigerPlanck says: Jun 10, 2010 11:52 AM

    Do you think Dr. James Andrews has every paid for a ticket to any sporting event in his life? What do you think his basement looks like with all of his sports memorabilia? I bet you Canton and Cooperstown could benefit from that collection.

  6. RJK says: Jun 10, 2010 12:44 PM

    TD won’t be back this year but in the wake of this injury Beason played at weakside today in practice moving Dan Connor to the MLB spot and Anderson stayed at strong. been waiting for connor to get on the field hopefully this sticks

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