Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis got some degree of a break, as the NFL has decided to cut down his suspension to one game. This is according to NFL Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora.
Davis initially received a two-game suspension due to a blindside hit he applied on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams last Sunday, a play that also got the Panthers penalized for 15 yards.
The hit forced Davis to exit the game, leaving Aaron Rodgers with one key downfield target out in the 31-24 road loss.
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Davis will be sidelined for Week 16’s regular season home finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this coming Sunday. He’ll be eligible to take the field again in Week 17 on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. Carolina (10-4) can clinch a playoff spot Sunday with a win against Tampa Bay (4-9).
Davis, the 2015 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, was visibly upset on the sideline after the play.
The 34-year-old Panther apologized to Adams over social media for the hit that followed an interception during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Davis was penalized but remained in the game, which Carolina won 31-24.
Adams was left with a concussion and couldn’t talk with reporters following the contest because players in concussion protocol are barred from speaking to the media until they have been cleared.
Adams’ words prompted an apology from Davis over social media.
“I understand your frustration and I do apologize for the hit!” Davis wrote. “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!”