Thomas Davis in express lane with ACL recovery

Thomas Davis is on the fast track to a return with the Carolina Panthers.

Less than six months after tearing the ACL in his right knee at New Orleans, the linebacker was on the field Friday when the team opened minicamp.

"I don't know why you wouldn't expect to see me out here," Davis told Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer. "My teammates are out here competing, so I wouldn't miss this for the world. I'm out here and I'm able to do it, so I'm going to do it."

While the Panthers have been shedding veterans all offseason, this was a step in the right direction from the club. It will be interesting to see how the remainder of his rehabilitation goes. Some players do well do the six-month point or so and then hit a wall in their road to recovery. It’s getting that final 10 percent back that can be the most difficult for elite athletes. Fortunately for Davis, the season does not begin for four more months.

"I've been working hard; it's been a grind, and it's full-go right now," Davis said. "Well, not full-go, but I would say if the season started next week, I would probably go."

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