The Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has re-injured the ACL in his right knee during practice, which should catch the attention of Patriots fans. Davis was making a quick recovery after he originally tore his ACL in November on a non-contact play, and re-tore it on another non-contact play. Pats fans have been stunned and encouraged seeing Wes Welker practicing with his teammates so soon after tearing his ACL while making a cut during the regular season finale in Houston. Wes’ injury happened about two months after Davis’ tore his ACL. Here’s a portion of the report on Davis:
“The Panthers revealed the extent of Davis’ injury Wednesday, one day after his knee buckled during a non-contact drill in a voluntary workout.
“Davis had been making a remarkably speedy recovery after he first injured the ACL during a Nov. 8 game at New Orleans. He was clocked last month running the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds, making the Panthers believe he could return to the form that allowed him to collect 71 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions in seven games before he was hurt last season.”
Sound familiar? One thing that might help ease Pats fans is the fact that Davis was not wearing a knee brace when he re-injured his knee, while Welker has been practicing with a heavy knee brace. However, it makes one wonder if Welker may be rushing a return a little bit. I’m sure the Patriots will use caution in working Welker back into the mix, but Wes’ own hard work ethic and desire to play may be his own worst enemy. The only thing worse for the Patriots other than starting the season without Wes is Welker re-injuring his knee and losing him for the season.