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Thomas Davis will play on Sunday night

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The Panthers won’t have Steve Smith or Jon Beason when they play the Jets on Sunday night, but they will have Thomas Davis in their lineup.

Coach Ron Rivera announced Friday, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, that the linebacker will be making the next step of his attempted comeback from a third torn ACL on the same knee. Davis has been bothered by a calf issue during training camp, but he practiced this week and got the green light to get back on the field for his first game since Week Two of last season.

Davis has played just nine games in the last three seasons because of his knee injuries and making it all the way back to being the player he was before the three torn ACLs is probably an impossibility. If he can get close, though, the Panthers defense will have a place for him and it will make for one of the more remarkable injury comeback stories in recent memory.

Rivera officially ruled out Smith and Beason, who has a hamstring injury interfering with his return from the 2011-ending Achilles injury, on Friday. You probably could have won some money if you placed a bet on Davis making it back to a game before Beason, but, then, you probably could have won some money on Davis making it back at all.

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5 Responses to “Thomas Davis will play on Sunday night”
  1. southcakpanther says: Aug 24, 2012 2:56 PM

    Hope that knee holds up.

  2. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:06 PM

    Better make sure they have 2 knee braces ready!

  3. iamcline says: Aug 24, 2012 3:08 PM

    Thomas is a great personality for the team. Hope he gets one more shot at his NFL career. Hope the knee lets him continue chasing his dream!

  4. blacknole08 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:58 PM

    Hope he can stay healthy and have a comeback year. He was on the verge of becoming a pr0-bowler before the knee/ACL injuries.

  5. chazatlas says: Aug 24, 2012 7:31 PM

    Thomas all the best to you man. Just stay in a quarter or two, don’t rush it bro.

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