Panthers vs. Falcons: Ex-UGA star Thomas Davis is back
Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis saying "hello" to Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets on Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
FLOWERY BRANCH — Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis has had a rough career, but he’s returned from his third ACL tear in his right knee.
The former Georgia standout from Shellman could be pressed into starting duty with Jon Beason not likely to play.
“I think we have just got to do a better job of going out and competing,” Davis said. “That’s been one of our biggest issues. We have the talent, we have the guys in place. We have got to go out and put it all together.”
Davis is the first known NFL player to return to action following three ACL reconstructions in the same knee.
Also, Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson is from Hawkinsville and played at Georgia.
Other connections include:
- Panthers tight ends coach Pat Hoener was a member of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s staff in San Francisco when Nolan was the 49ers’ head coach.
- Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie coached with Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and wide receivers coach Fred Graves in Cleveland in 2004.
- Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas played with Panthers tight end Gary Barnidge at Louisville.
- Falcons long snapper Josh Harris played with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Auburn’s 2010 national championship team.
- Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert is from Douglasville.
- Panthers defensive tackle Frank Kearse is from Savannah.
- Panthers linebackers coach Warren Belin coached at Georgia in 2010, where one of his linebackers was current Falcons player Akeem Dent.
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