Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has been suspended without pay for two games due to a violation of safety rules in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, officials with the National Football League said in a statement.
There is a precedent that may work in Davis' favor on appeal. I truly respect you as a player and I made a mistake!
Losing Davis for the final two games of the regular season could be quite a blow for the Panthers, who do not control their own playoff fate.More news: When Harry met Barry: Prince interviews Obama for BBC radio
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Adams wrote that Davis was "head hunting" when the linebacker administered a hit on the unsuspecting wideout during the third quarter of Sunday's game at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said earlier Monday, however, that he did not think Davis meant to hit Adams in the head. We put a lot of emphasis on trying to score on defense.
As expected, Adams still didn't care for the hit and went on bit of a Twitter rant Monday morning. "So I don't think it was anything malicious in anything Thomas was trying to do".
The Panthers enter Week 16 with a 10-4 record and will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home on Christmas Eve.