Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis’ comeback from three torn ACLs in his right knee is moving right along.
Coach Ron Rivera told the Associated Press that he is hopeful that Davis can be a contributor to the defense this season, a feeling strengthened by the news that Davis got a positive report from Dr. James Andrews about the state of his knee. That may lead the Panthers to increase Davis’ workload at next week’s minicamp. Up until now, Davis has been doing only individual work but it sounds like it is time for the next test.
Davis has missed 39 of the last 48 Panthers games as a result of his knee issues, but that didn’t stop him from making some bold predictions about what he will be able to do this season. Even if Davis might not make good on his 19-game prediction, it won’t make getting back on the field any less impressive. It is believed that Davis will be the first player ever to return to the field after suffering three torn ACLs in the same knee.
Jon Beason is also trying to return from a season-ending injury. If both are able to avoid any further setbacks, the Panthers defense will be in much better shape than it was last season.