Thomas Davis did something Sunday night nobody ever has in the history of the NFL: The linebacker returned to see actual game action following a third ACL injury that should have already ended his career.
Davis has played in just nine regular season games since the end of the 2008 campaign, and the odds were stacked heavily against him completing this return. But there he was Sunday night in the Carolina Panthers preseason game at the New York Jets on the field playing football. And he played it pretty well, too.
Among the plays he made was a sack of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez that ended a possession. He also broke up a pass play, was in solid coverage a few times, and made a nice tackle near the goal line perhaps saving a touchdown.
I didnt want to come in and just be another guy running around and just showing everybody that I was okay to run around, Davis said. I wanted to go out there and contribute, make plays.
It was a great feeling - preseason, regular season, whatever...