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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Panthers will have to scramble at LB

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

The Carolina Panthers took the biggest hit of any NFC South team this offseason Wednesday as linebacker Thomas Davis confirmed he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

That’s the same knee Davis tore up last season as he was emerging as one of the division’s best defensive players. It’s likely Davis, who signed a $3.3 million tender as a restricted free agent, will miss the entire 2010 season.

Davis suffered the second injury in a Tuesday workout.

With James Anderson expected to move into a starting job at one outside linebacker spot, the Panthers have veteran Jamar Williams and a host of young linebackers as candidates to take Davis’ spot. Dan Connor, who has been working at backup middle linebacker, now could become a candidate to move outside.