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Thomas Davis tears ACL once again

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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has torn his ACL for the third straight year.

“I would like 2 take the time and thank every1 that has supported me over my career. Unfortunately, I have re torn my acl,” Davis said. “Thanks for the prayers!!”

It’s a devastating  development for one of Carolina’s defensive leaders.  Davis told an ex-teammate in another tweet Sunday night that he “felt good until I got leg whipped.”

The Panthers thought so much of Davis, they gave him a huge contract this offseason despite his injury history.  While the contract had injury protections, the Panthers gave Davis a $7 million signing bonus.

Carolina lost starting middle linebacker Jon Beason last week. With Davis out too, their rush defense is going to struggle.  Jordan Senn appears to be next on the depth chart.

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50 Responses to “Thomas Davis tears ACL once again”
  1. cletusvandam says: Sep 19, 2011 2:42 PM

    Is it the same ACL that keeps tearing? Horrible.

  2. scudbot says: Sep 19, 2011 2:43 PM

    The number of ACL tears this year is astounding.

  3. panthersftw says: Sep 19, 2011 2:44 PM


  4. peester15 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:45 PM

    unfortunate for a great guy.

  5. beastson says: Sep 19, 2011 2:47 PM

    A class act on and off the field. TD is a regular at kids hospitals and does tremendous work for local community when it comes to fundraising and donating his time.

    A speedy recovery prayers for you big man, but I never knew anyone who beat this thing 3 times in 2 seasons.

    You’ll be missed.

  6. southcakpanther says: Sep 19, 2011 2:49 PM

    Man this hurts. We lost both of our defensive leaders on a very young defense. Not good. Next man up. Get well soon TD, you will be missed.

  7. 7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 19, 2011 2:52 PM

    LOL What a failure. This is why the Steelers didn’t draft him.

  8. scallops says: Sep 19, 2011 2:53 PM

    Question now becomes: Will the Jaguars even attempt to throw a pass next Sunday?

  9. nineroutsider says: Sep 19, 2011 2:55 PM

    That sucks…I remember when this guy was coming up…he is a stud who just can’t stay healthy the last few years.

    I guess Newton is going to throw for 400 every week just to keep up…hell of a future that kid has.

    This isn’t good news, but things are looking up for Carolina. When Newton gets it, watch out!

    Good luck to Davis.

  10. broncobeta says: Sep 19, 2011 2:57 PM

    It’s Aseel Tare, sir.

  11. Soulman45 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:57 PM

    It seen some people are not made to be football players sometime the body can’t take it.
    Good Luck I wish you well.

  12. justbust says: Sep 19, 2011 2:57 PM

    dude was a former db, putting that much weight on that quickly obviously had bad effects on his im not saying he did some roids but that happens to dudes in the gym that take them a lot and get big too quick.

  13. stellarperformance says: Sep 19, 2011 2:59 PM

    That is really too bad. I knew very little about this team before the game yesterday (aside from Cam Newton,) but I was very impressed. Their O-line kept an relentless onslought at bay, and they very well should’ve could’ve beaten Green Bay. Good luck during the rest of the season.

  14. richie215 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:01 PM

    I’m not one to tell someone that they should end their career, but he torn both ACLs AND one ACL twice…3 years in a row. Perhaps a new career choice is in order. Gotta wanna be able to walk for your kids and your kids’ kids sake!

  15. mike83ri says: Sep 19, 2011 3:08 PM

    Lofa Tatupu?

  16. scoops1 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:08 PM

    isn’t this the same guy who said the Panthers should come away with a victory over the Packers last week….?

  17. tundey says: Sep 19, 2011 3:11 PM

    That’s gotta suck. Surgery and then rehab 3 years in a row? Going to take a lot of courage for him to come back and play without fear.

  18. bostonbias says: Sep 19, 2011 3:13 PM

    Get better.

    I hope it was not any more dirty play by the OL.

  19. gregjennings85 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:15 PM

    Having just faced the Panthers, I can tell you they are a LOT better than their record would indicate. If they get a top-5 pick again, they will be downright scary.

    Too bad for Davis. He has been down this road before, he knows what it takes, I would bet against him making another stunning comeback.

  20. ninjapleazee says: Sep 19, 2011 3:16 PM

    are all the Steelers fan on this website this idiotic?

  21. gregjennings85 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:17 PM

    (*wouldn’t*) bet against him.

  22. realnflmaster says: Sep 19, 2011 3:19 PM


    This is why this nobody will NEVER play for the JETS baby!

  23. panthersfan83 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:25 PM

    Man that sucks!!!! He’s a good player and even a better person. For the jackass who put LOL and called him a failure, I can guarantee you that he wouldn’t trade places with your pathetic ass.

  24. bucks4ever13 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:28 PM

    Can’t believe it. Like others have said… first Beason, now Davis (again). Just seems like they can’t keep the linebackers healthy and that just kills this defense. And it’s the same damn knee. I wonder what the doctors have been doing when they’ve repaired the first two. Not saying it’s their fault, but who knows… maybe the offseason would have helped in strengthening it too.

  25. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Sep 19, 2011 3:33 PM

    Steelers fans are the Westboro Baptist Church of PFT.

    Always sad when a class act player’s career ends too early due to injury. I applaud any player that finds time in their extremely busy schedule to do charitable work that people like myself don’t find time to do. Big ups Thomas Davis.

  26. capesquad says: Sep 19, 2011 3:34 PM

    Newton won’t be on the field to pass it 200 yards… offenses will run, run, run all day and eat up the clock.

    REALLY tough news.

  27. feldman9000 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:37 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Sep 19, 2011 2:52 PM
    LOL What a failure. This is why the Steelers didn’t draft him.


    So instead you drafted Limas Sweed? What a joke.

  28. dudeicle says: Sep 19, 2011 3:38 PM

    was it on field turf or natural grass? It’d be interesting to compare the %’ages and types of injuries between the two surfaces

  29. vexey says: Sep 19, 2011 3:40 PM

    Most likely done, which is a shame. He was a class act

  30. dudeicle says: Sep 19, 2011 3:40 PM

    the guy can’t have much donor tissue available for a repair… unless they’re using cadaver tissue, but it’s not usually as strong as one’s own tissue

  31. trbowman says: Sep 19, 2011 3:41 PM

    ‘It seen some people are not made to be football players sometime the body can’t take it.
    Good Luck I wish you well.”

    If he wasn’t made to be a football player he wouldn’t be an NFL starter

  32. rammerray says: Sep 19, 2011 3:42 PM

    Isn’t this the same guy that said Carolina would “Walk away with a victory over the Packers Sunday?” Now he can’t walk at all! Karma!

  33. cusoman says: Sep 19, 2011 3:42 PM

    scudbot says:
    Sep 19, 2011 2:43 PM
    The number of ACL tears this year is astounding.

    Shouldn’t be astounding, the reason is clear: lack of conditioning due to the lockout.

  34. kingofthenorth92 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:44 PM

    This is why I’m baffled that many players don’t wear knee pads or that Goodell hasn’t mandated them to all players. The number of knee injuries this year especially particularly to big name players is outrageous and I cringe every time I see a WR getting tackled by the legs when I see them without thigh or knee pads.

    And yes i know that wearing leg pads may slow down players, but if it means prolonging your season and career, and most importantly your health, why would any player be against this??

  35. jimmysee says: Sep 19, 2011 3:50 PM

    The Packers come to town — it’s like friggin’ Typhoid Mary.

  36. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 3:54 PM

    Wow! Who is playing LB for the Panthers now??? Davis and Beason both out for the season. Can Cam Newton play both sides of the ball?

  37. dapackrepeat says: Sep 19, 2011 4:04 PM

    And kaaaaboooom down he goes! When you face the Pack, that’s what happens! At least it didn’t happen to a good player…lol.

  38. quiettexan says: Sep 19, 2011 4:15 PM

    I’m not incredibly familiar with his situation but if it’s the same acl over and over he’s obviously not giving it enough time to recover.

    there’s something to be said for the competitive warrior within, but you can’t do it with one knee.

  39. CKL says: Sep 19, 2011 4:16 PM

    This sucks, I feel bad for him. Heartbreaker.

    What tremendous mental & physical toughness it takes to keep coming back from all these serious injuries to play. I marvel at all the players who do that.

  40. thespeaker08 says: Sep 19, 2011 4:17 PM

    I am starting to feel like the league should take a two week break and just work on conditioning.

  41. blaz0037 says: Sep 19, 2011 4:20 PM

    sounds like you are saying he did roids….

  42. Topher says: Sep 19, 2011 4:22 PM

    They lost those guys last year too and linebacker was still the strength of the team.

    Of course… they were a lousy team.

  43. Deb says: Sep 19, 2011 4:34 PM

    The same ACL? God bless him. I hope medical science can devise a synthetic repair for those knee ligaments that would prevent recurrent injury.

  44. bigbirdsfan says: Sep 19, 2011 4:49 PM

    If this website had any balls, it would block every post applauding injury. What a disgrace…I guess I should expect it from writers though, ya know protecting freedom of the press…funny how this one will probably be blocked.

  45. pilot2011 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:04 PM

    yo DaPackrepeat,

    kaaaboooom, Collins is out the rest of the year cause JSTew beast mode him out the game..

  46. 11inthebox says: Sep 19, 2011 5:38 PM

    @ cusoman who says: Sep 19, 2011 3:42 PM
    scudbot says:
    Sep 19, 2011 2:43 PM
    The number of ACL tears this year is astounding.
    Shouldn’t be astounding, the reason is clear: lack of conditioning due to the lockout.

    Conditioning? Dude, really? A knee Ligament tear has nothing to do with conditioning. Jerry Rice was the best conditioned athlete ever and he tore his ACL. Its’ just bad luck.

  47. scudbot says: Sep 19, 2011 5:39 PM

    DaPackrepeat, go troll on a politics site please. Your comments are usually sickening.

  48. stairwayto7 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:49 PM

    He was leg whipped by a Packer??Shocking!

  49. pigeonpea says: Sep 19, 2011 6:09 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    He was leg whipped by a Packer??Shocking!

    I guess after getting your collective asses whipped in the Super Bowl by them, it certainly shouldn’t shock you now, should it?

  50. bkiser81 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:06 PM

    @DaPackrepeat Nick Collins might be done for his career. So it seems that is what happens when you play against the Panthers.

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