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Panthers LB Thomas Davis makes a quick play in return

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It didn’t take long for Thomas Davis to look like Thomas Davis again.

The Panthers linebacker, who is trying to become the first player to come back from three torn ACLs, just played his first snap of the preseason.

And recorded his first sack.

Davis came on a delayed blitz and got through to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

The Panthers want to use him in a limited role this year, to try to maximize what has been a precious resource.  He’s played just nine games the past three seasons because of the sick parade of injuries.

His knee has been fine this summer, but he strained a calf early in camp, and hadn’t played prior to tonight.

When he’s well, he can cover anyone, once having elite speed. How long he’s able to hold up remains to be seen, but after what he’s been through, you have to respect the fact he didn’t give up.

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7 Responses to “Panthers LB Thomas Davis makes a quick play in return”
  1. blacknole08 says: Aug 26, 2012 8:56 PM

    I really miss seeing Davis make plays. Hope he stays healthy because he was an impact player before he got hurt.

  2. kingbeason52 says: Aug 26, 2012 8:58 PM

    Great to see him back!!

  3. irishfan109 says: Aug 26, 2012 9:08 PM

    I have the upmost respect for Thomas Davis. It has to be incredibly difficult to come back from one ACL tear, yet alone three. I wish him nothing but the best and let’s hope he can stay healthy and put together a great season.

  4. jason1980 says: Aug 26, 2012 9:26 PM

    Dang, this Jets/Panthers game is suck-a-rama. Neither team will make the playoffs, if this is the best they’ve got.

  5. canjura says: Aug 26, 2012 9:28 PM

    I’m not even a Panthers fan, but I’ve always been a huge fan of Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, and neither one could ever stay healthy. lol :(

  6. delhommed says: Aug 26, 2012 9:38 PM

    TD is a class act… welcome back! Great guy on the field but even better off the field with his work in the community and non-profit, The Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation. Wish we could hear more about players like him than hearing about who got arrested OR WHAT COLOR PANTIES A BACKUP QB IS WEARING TODAY.

  7. iamcline says: Aug 27, 2012 2:03 AM

    Thomas Davis embodies what Sam Mills and Mark Fields instilled in the organization. Keep Pounding!

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