Originally suspended two games for his blindside hit on Davante Adams, Panthers linebacker, Thomas Davis had his ban officially reduced to one game following an appeal. Former NFL wide receiver, James Thrash, heard Thomas’ appeal. Thomas will miss this Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Panthers LB Thomas Davis’ suspension reduced to one game upon appeal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 19, 2017
The hit in question occurred on an interception of Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. On the ensuing return, Davis led with the helmet as he hit a defenseless Adams coming across the field. Immediately following the play, Davis realized his mistake as he showed remorse on the sideline. Afterwards, he continued to express concern, reaching out to Adams via social media.
I understand your frustration and I do apologize for the hit! In no way was I trying to hurt you. My first instinct was turn and make a block. In all sincerity I do apologize. I truly respect you as a player and I made a mistake!
— Thomas Davis (@ThomasDavisSDTM) December 18, 2017
With that said, he still committed the act. Much like the Rob Gronkowski incident the week before, Davis, a former Walter Peyton Man of the Year winner, is not a dirty player. However, the hit was extremely dirty. It is the exact type of play that the NFL has worked tirelessly to eliminate from the game.
The 14th overall pick of the 2005 Draft has spent his entire career with the Panthers. Davis is currently third on the team in tackles with 44. In addition, he has recorded 2.5 sacks and has one fumble recovery. In such a tight race in the NFC South, the difference between missing Davis for one game as opposed to two is huge. Fortunately for Davis and the Panthers, he will return in time for their bout with the streaking Atlanta Falcons in Week 16.