Panthers' LB Thomas Davis suffers 2nd torn ACL

Disaster struck for the Carolina Panthers as they have learned that linebacker Thomas Davis will miss the 2010 season with a torn ACL, the second time in less than a year he has suffered such an injury.

Davis was backpedaling next to teammate Jon Beason during individual drills in practice and went down with a torn right ACL, according to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer. Davis tore his right ACL in similar fashion back in November when he was injured in a non-contact play at New Orleans.

Now, Davis will need a second surgery to replace the ligament after such a quick return from the first ACL. He ran a 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds recently at the team’s testing day, per Gantt. He was emerging as a leader and was lining up for a big pay day when the Panthers come around and start spending some money. Davis was tendered as a restricted free agent for $3.268 million for this season. Now, he’ll have a much more difficult time landing the longterm pay day.

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