NFL: Panthers LB Davis suspended 2 games, says he made ‘mistake’
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has been suspended for two games by the NFL following his helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.
The league announced the decision Monday.
Adams left Sunday’s 31-24 loss to Carolina in the third quarter with a concussion after being blindsided by Davis following a Carolina interception. Davis was penalized 15 yards, but not ejected.
Davis, the 2015 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, was visibly upset on the sideline after the play.
Adams, who has suffered two concussions this season, took to social media on Monday to criticize Davis, saying there is no room in the game for hits like that.
“We supposed to be in this together n look out for one another not mess with a mans livelihood and hand out unnecessary concussions,” Adams said on Twitter. “We all got mouths to feed what if I did that to him and his kids can’t eat.”
Adams also Tweeted: “I’ll never understand it. Game is already dangerous enough and we got Pro Bowl players out here head hunting and saying they “didn’t mean to harm me”
Davis responded to Adams on Twitter, offering an apology.
“I understand your frustration and I do apologize for the hit! In no way was I trying to hurt you,” Davis tweeted. “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!”
Davis has three days to appeal.
The 34-year-old Davis is a repeat offender in the league’s eyes. He was fined $48,620 for a hit earlier this year on Tampa Bay wide receiver Adam Humphries.
Davis can return to the Panthers on Jan. 1 should the team qualify for the postseason. Carolina (10-4) can clinch a playoff spot on Sunday with a win against Tampa Bay (4-9).
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he didn’t believe the hit was intentional.