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Thomas Davis | Linebacker | #58

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (14) / CAR
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NFL suspended WLB Thomas Davis four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The suspension is reportedly for a non-HGH banned supplement. It's an early-season blow for Carolina, but Davis was expected to have a lesser role after considering retirement this offseason. The Panthers don't have any proven options behind Davis, with Jared Norris and Richie Brown behind him on the depth chart. Shaq Thompson will see every-down snaps while Davis is sidelined. Apr 6 - 6:11 PM

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Panthers WLB Thomas Davis plans to retire after the 2018 season.

Davis said earlier this week he expected to take on a lesser role in 2018 and has now confirmed it will be his 14th and final NFL season. A first-round pick of the Panthers in 2005, has been a productive player in the league for over a decade, earning a pair of All-Pro selections. He's shown great resiliency, overcoming three ACL tears and countless other injuries. Davis remained an effective player in 2017, earning PFF's No. 10 grade among 4-3 outside linebackers.
Jan 12 - 4:41 PM

Panthers LB Thomas Davis expects to have a reduced role in 2018.

Set to turn 35 in March, Davis plans to return next season, the final year of his contract, but he expects to take a backseat to some of the younger linebackers on the depth chart. "I know that’s the nature of things in the NFL," Davis said. Despite dealing with injuries and missing one game because of a suspension, Davis remained a quality defender in 2017.
Jan 8 - 11:43 AM

Panthers LB Thomas Davis' one-game suspension for violating the league's player-safety policy is over.

DE Charles Johnson will also return from a four-game PED ban. The Panthers are already locked into the playoffs, but they could earn an NFC South title with a win and Saints loss. Having Davis and Johnson back in the lineup should help with the first half of that scenario.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis' suspension for violating the league's player-safety policy has been reduced to one game.

Suspensions for on-field activity rarely exceed one game, so it's not surprising. Davis will miss this week's game against the Bucs before returning for what will likely be a must-win against the Falcons in Week 17.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 06:57:00 PM

NFL suspended Panthers WLB Thomas Davis two games for Sunday's illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers WR Davante Adams.

Davis' hit left Adams concussed and forced the Packers to hospitalize him during the game. Davis apologized to Adams on Twitter on Monday, but the league is having none of it. ESPN's Adam Schefter makes it clear Davis will appeal the ban. If Davis loses, he will miss Week 16 against the Bucs and Week 17 against the Falcons.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 03:45:00 PM

Clarifying comments made by his wife, Thomas Davis said he only has one broken rib and is not receiving treatment on it.

His wife had said his ribs were "completely broken." It's an injury Thomas has been dealing with since Week 3. He isn't even listed on the Panthers' injury report and should play his normal snaps Sunday at Tampa Bay. Thomas holds PFF's No. 6 grade among 4-3 outside linebackers this season.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 02:16:00 PM

Thomas Davis' wife says he's been playing through "completely broken ribs" for "three or four weeks."

Davis first injured his ribs in Week 3. He hasn't missed game, and the Panthers haven't listed him on the injury report with his ribs since Week 5. He's returned to being a near every-down player the past two weeks, and has remained effective in his age-34 season.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 06:42:00 PM

Panthers signed WLB Thomas Davis to a one-year, $6.75 million extension through 2018.

The deal guarantees $2 million of Davis' 2017 salary, and guarantees another $1 million in 2018. It's designed to have 34-year-old Davis retire as a Panther. It was surely driven by owner Jerry Richardson, who adores Thomas. Ex-GM Dave Gettleman seemed unwilling to play ball on a Davis extension. It's believed to be part of the reason he was fired. Despite his ancient age, Davis remained a useful, if non-impact, player in 2017. He's still a snap hog.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 04:26:00 PM

Contract-year WLB Thomas Davis doesn't believe he contributed to ex-GM David Gettleman's firing.

Davis says the sides were having talks, and they were "going well." There's been a perception that vets seeking extensions like Davis and Greg Olsen were the driving force behind Gettleman's firing, something Michael Oher obliquely referenced in a Tuesday social media post. Davis insists that isn't the case. "I think that's an unfair statement," Davis said. Regardless of his role in Gettleman's ouster, Davis' odds of landing his desired extension have greatly increased.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 02:37:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's "first order of business" is getting an extension done with walk-year LB Thomas Davis.

That is even with Greg Olsen throwing around the idea of a holdout. Davis has said he hopes to get an extension done before training camp, and it sounds like the front office is on the same page. It is somewhat surprising considering Davis turned 34 in March and Gettleman has been willing to let veterans and even franchise cornerstones walk during his tenure, most notably Steve Smith. If the two sides get something done, it should be a short extension with little guaranteed money.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 09:09:00 AM

Panthers contract-year WLB Thomas Davis hopes to land an extension before training camp.

He joins Greg Olsen as Panthers veterans looking for more money. GM Dave Gettleman has been notoriously stingy with paying veterans in his time running the show, so this will be an interesting summer for him. Olsen has already hinted he'd consider a holdout. Davis turned 34 in March and probably doesn't have a whole lot left to give beyond 2017. He wouldn't require a major commitment.
Source: WFNZ
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 08:59:00 AM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks said he wants to limit WLB Thomas Davis' snaps this season.

"With Thomas Davis getting up there in age and years, we've got to cut down on his reps," Wilks said. "So there will be times where Shaq (Thompson) is going to be in, and we're going to try to relieve Thomas to give him some rest." Thompson was selected in the 2015 first round to take some of the load off and eventually replace Davis, but the 34-year-old has played over 1,000 snaps each of the last two seasons. That number could come down slightly, but the Panthers are better with Davis on the field. If they want to get Thompson more snaps, they need to find another way to do it.
Tue, May 16, 2017 10:12:00 AM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis said he has no plans to retire.

"My plan is to finish out my contractual obligations," Davis said. The linebacker is under contract through 2017, suggesting next year could be his last. Davis will turn 34 in March, but he remained an above-average linebacker this season. With Luke Kuechly hopefully coming back healthy next season, the Panthers should once again have an elite linebacking unit.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:00:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera "feels good" about LB Thomas Davis' (hamstring, questionable) and DE Charles Johnson's (quad, questionable) chances of playing Week 5 against the Bucs.

Both were able to get in a full practice Saturday. With the offense missing Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart, the defense will have to stand tall on Monday night.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 01:30:00 PM

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PosRoleName
DE1Mario Addison
2Wes Horton
3Julius Peppers
4Daeshon Hall
5Marquis Haynes
DT1Kawann Short
2Dontari Poe
3Kyle Love
4Vernon Butler
5Kendrick Norton
MLB1Luke Kuechly
2David Mayo
3Andre Smith
WLB1Thomas Davis
2Ben Jacobs
3Jermaine Carter
SLB1Shaq Thompson
2Jared Norris
3Richie Brown
CB1James Bradberry
2Ross Cockrell
3Captain Munnerlyn
4Donte Jackson
5Kevon Seymour
FS1Mike Adams
2Colin Jones
3Rashaan Gaulden
4Demetrious Cox
SS1Da'Norris Searcy
2Dezmen Southward
3Damian Parms
P1Michael Palardy