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