Panthers D ready to get big boost with the return of LB Thomas Davis

An ACL injury put linebacker Thomas Davis on the shelf last season for the Panthers, but it looks like he’s almost all the way back to 100 percent, as the Charlotte Observer reports the LB is ready to get a big lift back with his return to the teams defense.

The Panthers got some huge news last week, when LB Thomas Davis ran a 4.47-second 40 yard dash. That’s slightly off some of his previous times, but there is the small fact he’s less than six months from surgery to repair a torn ACL. Davis surprised folks with the speed of his recovery, doing more in the post-draft minicamp than expected. But if he’s out there laying down 4.47s now (as he reported, timed by a Panthers scout), it’s a good indication he’s nearly 100 percent back from last November’s blown knee. That’s huge for a defense that has to be solid in the back seven to make up for the transition in the front four.

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