NFL Suspends Panthers’ Thomas Davis

The NFL announced a two-game suspension for Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. Davis will appeal, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (Twitter link). Thomas Davis

On Sunday, Davis leveled Packers receiver Davante Adams with a helmet-leading hit. NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan handed down the ban on Monday, citing Davis’ history of breaking the rules:

During an interception return, you took a path toward your opponent who was pursuing the play and delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside block to his head and neck area. You have been previously fined for violations of safety-related rules. Your actions yesterday warrant an escalation of discipline, not only because they were flagrant, but also because of your status as a repeat offender.”

It seems unlikely that Davis will get the entire suspension overturned, but he could have the ban cut in half. As it stands, however, Davis is slated to miss the team’s final two regular season games against the Buccaneers and Falcons.

The Panthers have nearly solidified their place as one of the NFC’s Wild Card teams. They still have a 24% chance of overtaking the Saints for the NFC South title, according to the New York Times’ playoff calculator.

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16 comments on “NFL Suspends Panthers’ Thomas Davis

    • dugdog83

      Repeat offenders should automatically get an extra game. That would put an end to some of these hits.

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  1. quicsilver

    How the heck is more then 1 game? Yet Gronk literally was not making any type of football play and was only suspended 1 game. NFL needs to stop kissing the patriots rear ends.

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    • aamatho18

      And throwing a blindside hit not near the play at all is any type of a football play?

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      • jellbuc

        You obviously didn’t see the play. Thanks for taking the time to make a clueless comment.

        It wasn’t really even blindside. The only issue I saw was the helmet to helmet.

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    • Van4Stros

      Don’t see the NFL treating all teams the same. The end zone call in the NE PIT game was prime example of NE bias. Done venting…

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      • Connorsoxfan

        Oh please the NFL has a Pats bias? Do tell why they drew out a year long legal battle over a suspension for potentially maybe hinting that footballs with less air are better, and why that suspension was longer than that of players accused of domestic abuse. Done venting…

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  2. noraj9

    I think they throw darts at the wall to determine who gets what. Have they ever got a suspension right?

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  3. basic white dad

    It’s two games based off the appeal process and the idea he is a repeat offender on situations like this. It will get cut in half and everyone goes home satisfied something happened. Bring on the college targeting rule to the NFL.

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  4. wrigleyhawkeye

    Sounds like it’s because he’s a repeat offender.

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  5. KYRedSox17

    I hope they deny the appeal. Who knows what happens if GB doesn’t lose their best WR for almost all of the game.

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    • Scott Sandars

      Almost all of the game? The incident happened with 10:58 to go in the 3rd quarter.

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  6. ck420

    Gronk should have gotten 2 games, F*ck the NFL and roger goodell

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  7. ahale224

    Gronk deserved two games with no reduction. TD probably deserves two with a reduction. But just because they screwed up one, doesn’t mean they need to mess up another. And as a guy who has watched TD since his college days, he has done this before, a lot. Gronk doesn’t have the same history. I’m not saying it’s right or correct, but there is a reason behind their logic.
    All that being said, 26 minutes is certainly almost half a game, and Roger is a politician, not a commissioner.

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