Thomas Davis Fantasy Football News 2019

The Chargers will be signing LB Thomas Davis, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Davis joins a crowded LB corps that will continue to start Denzel Perryman after re-signing him. Jatavis Brown figures to return to a backup role. We'll see how 2019 rookie Kyzir White fits in. Davis turns 36 on March 22 but remained a full-time player after returning from his season-opening PED suspension. We'll see how the Chargers sort out the corps. They haven't favored playing any LB at 100% in recent seasons. Davis' departure could allow LB Shaq Thompson to regain full playing time in Carolina. He's in the final year of his rookie contract.

Panthers DE Mario Addison is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with a hip injury. Addison missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a limited workout Friday. We'll check on his status Sunday morning. Carolina, of course, will definitely go without OLB Thomas Davis, who was suspended 1 game for an illegal hit that left Packers WR Davante Adams concussed.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis sat out Wednesday's practice with a rib injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Saints. We'll keep an eye on his participation as the week progresses.

Panthers DE Charles Johnson (quad) and LB Thomas Davis (hamstring) are active for tonight's game against the Bucs after entering today questionable. They're OK to use in IDP leagues if you've waited to this point.

Panthers OLB Thomas Davis left Sunday's loss to the Falcons with a hamstring injury and did not return. He was seen riding a stationary bike on the sideline, so we doubt it's too serious an injury. But we'll look for a further update on his outlook this week.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis had surgery Monday to repair the right forearm fracture that knocked him out of Sunday's win over the Cardinals. The doesn't necessarily knock him out for the Super Bowl, though. "My understanding is if everything goes well it is something he can mostly certainly play with," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday, according to The Associated Press. "So we are excited about that possibility." Davis' absence would take away 1 of Carolina's top playmakers, but that didn't seem to hurt the Panthers too much in their NFC title game beatdown.

Panthers OLB Thomas Davis had an MRI Monday for a pectoral injury that he suffered in Sunday's win over the Saints. We'll keep an eye out for the results to determine his status for Week 4 and beyond. Carolina has already missed Luke Kuechly the past 2 weeks because of a concussion.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints. He still has yet to progress through the league concussion protocol after missing Week 2 with the injury that knocked him out of the opener. "He saw the doctor, but he's still in the protocol,'' HC Ron Rivera said Friday, according to "We're just trying to be smart and go through the process of the protocol.'' His absence boosts the tackle upside for OLB Thomas Davis and leaves A.J. Klein as the middle starter.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis hyperextended his left knee in Sunday's win over the Bucs. HC Ron Rivera told the Charlotte Observer that he expects Davis to be limited in practice Wednesday but thinks he'll be ready for Sunday's game against the Browns. “We’ll see what this week holds,” Davis said. “I got a little time between now and Wednesday to get myself healthy and get myself out there. It’s one day at a time.” As long as Davis practices this week, you can keep him in your IDP plans for Week 16.

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Panthers OLB Thomas Davis is inactive for today's trip to Baltimore, a week after suffering a hip injury against Pittsburgh.  Davis made a surprisingly early return to practice this week, which suggests he could return in Week 5 against Chicago.  But we'll have to watch his status in practice during the coming week.  No Davis replacement is worth sticking into your Week 4 IDP lineup.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis drew a "questionable" tag for Week 4 after returning for limited practices Thursday and Friday.  We'd still try not to use the OLB so soon after his hip injury even if he's active.  Davis has gotten off to a slow-ish fantasy start anyway, so it's not like you're benching stud production in your IDP league.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis made a surprising return to practice Thursday.  He suffered a hip injury late in Sunday night's loss to the Steelers, and HC Ron Rivera initially said Davis would miss Wednesday and Thursday and then be re-evaluated Friday.  Davis still might miss Week 4 -- and we'd try to keep him out of IDP lineups even if he's active.  But the quick return to the practice field obviously suggests the injury isn't nearly as bad as originally feared.

Panthers OLB Thomas Davis injured his left leg in the Sunday night loss to the Steelers.  The team has yet to provide many details on the injury.  HC Ron Rivera said only that it's not "catastrophic," according to the Charlotte Observer.  That's particularly good news for a 31-year-old LB who has endured 3 ACL tears.  The fact that Rivera didn't have any rosier way to say it, however, seems to indicate that Davis will miss at least some time.  Chase Blackburn and Jason Williams are the backup OLBs but not worth chasing in your IDP league.

Panthers OLB Thomas Davis dislocated a finger so badly in Sunday's win at Miami that it broke the skin and required stitches, according to the Charlotte Observer.  But he didn't miss any of Carolina's 63 defensive snaps.  Thus, we shouldn't expect the finger to be an issue going forward -- other than perhaps making it a bit tougher to intercept passes.  Davis has been an awesome IDP performer this season, ranking among the top 12 fantasy LBs to date.

The Panthers continued their love affair with LBs Thursday night by drafting Luke Kuechly 9th overall. The former Boston College Eagle can play any LB spot in the team's 4-3 front, which will come in handy. The Panthers return 3 starters, but James Anderson might be the only guy locked into his spot. WLB Thomas Davis has suffered 3 ACL tears and seems the likely odd man out. Like Kuechly, Jon Beason can play MLB or OLB. We'll see how Ron Rivera's staff sorts them out, but all 3 starters deserve some fantasy attention. The talent on hand certainly doesn't make this the best home for Kuechly's IDP value.

Panthers OLB Thomas Davis just might have played his last down of NFL football on Sunday. Davis tore his right ACL for the 3rd time in less than 2 years in the loss to Green Bay. His 1st comeback was derailed by a 2nd tear during 2010 training camp. Davis appeared on track this time around, but this latest setback will be tough. It's also a big blow to a Panthers D that lost MLB Jon Beason for the season in Week 1. Omar Gaither is the closest thing to a "name" player among the candidates to replace Davis. For now, MLB Dan Connor gains tackle upside. SLB James Anderson adds IDP value as well. Carolina, on the other hand, only becomes a more favorable matchup for offensive players.

LB Jon Beason described the Panthers' new defense to reporters on Monday as "aggressive and blitz-happy." That's no surprise with DC Sean McDermott and HC Ron Rivera running things. One of McDermott's main issues running the Eagles' D last year was getting too creative with his pressure schemes -- doing things like dropping DE Trent Cole into coverage while blitzing from elsewhere. Carolina will need more help generating pressure, though. In Rivera's case, MLB Brian Urlacher turned in 5.5- and 6-sack seasons with Rivera as DC in Chicago. Look for Beason to at least match (and probably exceed) his career-high 3 sacks of 2009. OLB Thomas Davis also generated 3 and 3.5 sacks in his last 2 healthy seasons. OLB James Anderson checked in with 3.5 of his own last year as a full-time starter for the 1st time. Don't be surprised if a LB ranks 2nd (and 3rd?) on the team in sacks behind DE Charles Johnson.

The Panthers have placed LB Thomas Davis on the injured reserve list. Davis had been enjoying a solid season in which he was leading the team in tackles, averaging 8.7 per game, as well as providing some pass defense from the LB position with 5 pass breakups and 2 INT’s. The Panthers were giving up an average of 122 yards per game on the ground before Davis went down.  Without him, it could get worse for the NFL's 23rd-ranked rush defense.

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