Panthers LB Davis to retire after 2018

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The Panthers tweeted a photo of Davis shortly after the report broke, with the caption "respect".

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis has made it to two Pro Bowls since joining the National Football League in 2005, but the former Georgia star is nearing the end of his career. He had 76 tackles this season, the first time since 2011 - when he suffered a third ACL tear in his right knee - that he did not have at least 100 tackles.

"I'm pretty sure coming back next year it'll be in a reduced role", Davis said. He had four tackles in the Panthers' 31-26 loss to the Saints in the NFC Wild Card round of the playoffs last Saturday. Davis said on NFL Network.

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He also has only missed three games in the last six seasons, following his third ACL fix.

But he also admitted this week to playing with a rib injury for much of the season. "Dealing with a bunch of injuries and not being able to go out there and perform like I know I'm capable of performing until the last couple of weeks of the season".

Davis told Brooke Cersosimo of NFL Media he will step away from the game after the 2018 season.

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A two-time Pro Bowler and Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014, Davis will leave a lasting legacy on the Panthers organization.

Davis scored his first-career touchdown on a fumble recovery and return against the Arizona Cardinals in 2016.

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