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.
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