Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis led the Panthers with 11 tackles (eight solo) and intercepted a pass during Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .
Davis has now put together back-to-back double-digit tackling performances, punctuating his impressive start to this season. Through four games, Davis' 36 total stops rank in the top 10 league-wide, and he's also registered two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble to boost his individual defensive player stock further.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (pectoral) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.
Davis' injury is apparently very minor, as he logged a limited practice Wednesday, followed by full practices Thursday and Friday. He'll continue working in an every-down role, and he could see a few more tackle opportunities in Luke Kuechly 's (concussion) absence. Davis is off to a fast statistical start, with 25 tackles (18 solo), an interception, a sack and a forced fumble in three games.
Davis' injury didn't cause much concern from coach Ron Rivera, but he did say Davis would get an MRI to be sure of the ailment's nature. After those results are known, Davis' Week 4 status should be clarified, but initial indications are encouraging.
Davis, who was in the final year of his contract, registered 100 total tackles and 2.5 sacks last season for Carolina, his 10th in the NFL. The Panthers drafted linebacker Shaq Thompson in April, but still see Davis as a key component of their defense.
"I now get to officially end my career as a Carolina Panther and that means the world to me," Davis said via the team.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"It's a work in progress. It's something that both sides are working on, trying to get it done," Davis said. "We're in a good place right now. It's not something I'm stressing over, and I'm sure they're not stressing over. It'll eventually get done."
With Panthers selecting linebacker Shaq Thompson in the first round of the 2015 draft, Davis knows his days with the team may be limited.
"I'm not naive, and I'm not crazy," he said. "Eventually, there's going to come a day where Shaq takes over the reins and he's going to take over for my position. But for right now and the near future, it's really set up to where you put three really fast, athletic guys on the field and we're going to go out dominate together."
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