Thomas compiled 12 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Lions.
Through two weeks, Davis now leads the NFL in tackles with 26. Needless to say, the veteran has been a major boon for earlier IDP investors, and he's one of just three Chargers players who've been on the field for every defensive snap thus far.
Thomas piled together 14 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's overtime win over the Colts.
While the long-toothed linebacker piled together a team-leading 14 tackles, the Chargers defense was once again gashed by the opposition's running game, with Marlon Mack and company totaling 203 rushing yards. Despite a plethora of options behind him, the 36-year-old wound up playing all 63 defensive snaps Sunday, completely overshadowing Denzel Perryman (ankle), who played just a single special-teams snap despite being ruled active prior to kickoff. The Chargers re-signed Perryman to a two-year deal in the offseason, so it'd be a surprise to see him phased out entirely, but this is certainly an interesting development for Davis, who failed to record 100 or more tackles in each of his final two seasons with the Panthers.
Davis intends to sign with the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Davis started 158 of 176 games in 14 years with Carolina, primarily playing weakside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He figures to man the same position in Los Angeles, but there's no assurance of a three-down role heading into his age-36 season. Davis remained productive on a per-play basis in 2018, piling up 79 tackles (46 solo), six passes defensed and two fumble recoveries on 650 defensive snaps in 12 games. His four absences were the result of a PED suspension at the beginning of the season.
Davis announced via Twitter on Wednesday that the Panthers will not re-sign him for 2019.
Davis is set to become an unrestricted free agent and said he has no plans to retire despite his first choice being to remain with the Panthers. The veteran linebacker will turn 36 in March, and had 79 tackles (46 solo) and two fumble recoveries in 12 games, as he missed the first four games of the season due to suspension. Davis has been in Carolina since being drafted during the first round in 2005's draft but will have to don a new uniform if he is to take the field in 2019.
Davis wants to return for one more season with the Panthers, David Newton of ESPN reports. "I understand that there's a whole business side of things that has to take place," Davis said. "My whole mindset and everything I want to do is totally surrounded in coming back and playing here. Hopefully, they share that same sentiment."
The 35-year-old Davis is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year after racking up 79 tackles and six passes defensed in 2018. Considering his per-game average of 6.6 tackles is right in line with his production over the preceding four seasons, the 14-year veteran seems like he could still be of use to Carolina in 2019.
Davis finished with 12 tackles (nine solo) in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
Davis trailed only running mate Luke Kuechly for Carolina's team lead in tackles. In doing so, the veteran set a new season high. Surprisingly, it was the first time Davis posted double-digit stops in a game this season, taking his tally to 69 tackles with two tilts left.
Davis did not participate at Saturday's practice but he doesn't have an injury, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Davis didn't practice Thursday either -- also non-injury related -- but doesn't have an injury designation, so he's good to go for Monday's game against the Saints. The 35-year-old should take up his usual starting role at weakside linebacker against Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans offense.
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 will start Sunday against the Redskins, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Davis has yet to play this season due to a suspension for violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. He'll only see limited snaps Sunday, which could limit his IDP value in his first game back. Look for David Mayo to return to a backup role now that Davis is playing.
Davis received a four-game suspension for a violation of NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
In the aftermath of a 76-tackle campaign, Davis announced on Jan. 12 that he intended to retire following the upcoming campaign, which will mark his 14th as a pro. He released a video on his Twitter account, post-suspension, and appeared to intimate his career may continue beyond 2018. "Who knows? Maybe this isn't my last year," he said. Before he makes such a decision, though, Davis will miss the first four games of the season.
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.
Davis finished with 76 tackles (52 solo), 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in 15 games played this season.
Davis broke his streak of five straight seasons with at least 100 tackles, evidencing a decline in his performance level. In his defense, the veteran battled a rib injury early in the campaign, then dealt with a couple minor ailments prior to being suspended for Week 16 due to an illegal hit. Combined, that hurt Davis' production, but at 34 years old, it appears the long-time standout may finally be showing signs of slowing down. Even so, he remains an reliable tackler who should remain instrumental to the Panthers defense in 2018, the final year of his current contract.
Davis's suspension was lifted Monday, per the league's official transaction log.
Davis was suspended one game for a hard hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams in Week 15. The Panthers were granted a temporary roster exemption on his reinstatement and thus will need to release a player in order to officially add Davis back to the roster.
Davis' two-game suspension has been reduced to one game following an appeal, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Davis landed a dangerous hit on Packers wideout Davante Adams during an interception return by the Panthers on Sunday. Although the veteran does have a history of fines stemming from illegal hits, he still managed to get the suspension cut in half, a trend we have seen throughout the season in these types of situations. Still the Panthers will have to gameplan for the Buccaneers on Sunday with some combination of David Mayo, Ben Jacobs and Spencer Paysinger expected to see increased reps on defense.
Davis has been suspended two games for his hit on Davante Adams (concussion) in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Davis plans to appeal the suspension, with the recent history of similar cases suggesting he has a shot to get the ban knocked down to one game. There's no question his blindside hit on Adams was dangerously high, and Davis already has a lengthy history of fines, though it could be argued that's almost inevitable for a player with 163 career regular-season appearances and 1,007 tackles. He's fallen off the IDP map this season, often relegated to a part-time role while battling various injuries. Davis did play every snap on defense the past two weeks, so his upcoming absence could free up a three-down role for Shaq Thompson (foot) if the 2015 first-round pick is ready to return.
Davis (back) was a full practice participant Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Davis has been banged up the past few weeks, first nursing a hamstring issue and then a back injury. As such, he's tallied just six tackles (five solo) on 99 defensive snaps during that span. Of those, he managed to log all 74 snaps on defense this past Sunday against the Vikings, a workload that should be repeated this weekend versus the Packers.
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.
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