Davis finished with six tackles (three solo) and recovered two fumbles in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns. Davis did his best to help Carolina get back in the win column, but even claiming two turnovers by himself wasn't enough. To make matters worse, the Panthers are next tasked with slowing down Drew Brees and the Saints' high-powered offense in Week 15.
Davis had six tackles (three solo) in Thursday's blowout loss to the Steelers. Davis was suspended the first four games of the season and is averaging six tackles in the five games since his return. The 35-year-old announced in January that 2018 would be his final season before retirement, though he is still playing significant defensive snaps for the Panthers this season.
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.