Davis returned from suspension to finish with six tackles (five solo) and two passes defended in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Redskins. Davis' 2018 debut saw him play nearly 90 percent of the defensive snaps and trail only running mate Luke Kuechly for Carolina's lead in tackles. The veteran's return figures to provide a nice boost to the Panthers defense going forward, as he and Kuechly have long comprised one of the league's best linebacking duos.
Davis announced Friday night that he will retire following the 2018 season, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Davis is coming off his first sub-100 tackle season since 2011 and saw a significantly reduced snap count compared to previous campaigns. The 34-year-old indicated earlier this week that he expects a further reduced role next season, but his leadership status on the Panthers' defense is unlikely to change even if his IDP value takes a hit.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Davis (hamstring) will play Sunday against the Vikings and won't be held to a "pitch count" in terms of his snap total, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Davis was able to practice fully Friday, which likely cleared up any concern the Panthers may have had about the linebacker's health heading into the weekend. The veteran was limited heading into last week's loss to the Saints with the hamstring issue and played a season-low 25 defensive snaps as a result, finishing with two tackles. Davis' availability to return to a full workload this week takes on greater importance with fellow starting outside linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot) ruled out.
Davis (hamstring) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Davis suffered a strained hamstring in last week's win over the Jets and was never more than a limited participant this week, but he will fight through the injury Sunday. The veteran linebacker will hope to slow down the Saints rushing attack of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
Davis (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. Davis strained his hamstring in last Sunday's win over the Jets and only put in a pair of limited practices this week. It's unclear how likely he is to play Sunday, and Ben Jacobs is likely to step in at weak-side linebacker should Davis be unable to play against the Saints.
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