DAVIS UPDATE: Linebacker Thomas Davis sat out practice for a third straight day Wednesday but said afterward his troublesome right knee is fine.
Theres absolutely nothing wrong with my knee, Davis said after watching the Panthers 2-hour, 45-minute practice. My knee feels good. I feel good.
Rivera has said the Panthers have rested Davis in practice as a precautionary measure. Davis has torn his right ACL three times.
Im sure Ill be back very soon, said Davis, who wore a white sock over his right calf.
• Former Wofford golfer William McGirt, runner-up in the PGA Tours RBC Canadian Open last Sunday, was on the sideline watching practice as a guest of team president Danny Morrison, the former Wofford athletic director.
McGirt, who lives in nearby Boiling Springs, is first alternate to get into the PGA Championship next week at Kiawah Island. He fell $11 yes, $11 short of earning a spot in the field but its theres a high likelihood hell be in next week.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH
Outside linebacker James Anderson
Q: How big an emphasis are you guys putting on creating turnovers?
We really put a focus on takeaways. We have turnover circuit and different things. Every time we have an opportunity and were close to the ball-carrier, were going for that takeaway. So thats really been a big focus for us.
Q: Youre still on the strong side. Can you play either side, or all three linebacker spots for that matter?
Id like to think I can play all three. Whatever combination is best, whos in a groove, what kind of game plan we have we have the ability to rotate guys and really make us more successful.
Q: Whats this about a points-based competition where the winning side (offense or defense) gets to sleep in?
I dont know what youre talking about (smiles). Were out there competing every day. Coach will handle that. And if we get to sleep in, we get to sleep in. I just go out there and play defense.
GETTING TO KNOW ...
Offensive tackle Bruce Campbell
Height: 6-6 Weight: 315
NFL experience: Spent two seasons in Oakland after the Raiders drafted him in the fourth round in 2010. Played in 14 games, with no starts.
The scoop: The Panthers acquired Campbell in March in exchange for reserve running back/kick returner Mike Goodson. The Panthers believe Campbell, 24, was miscast as a guard in the Raiders zone-blocking scheme. Campbell, who turned heads at the combine after leaving Maryland as a junior, is currently Jordan Gross backup at left tackle.
Bet you didnt know: Campbells father, also named Bruce, played basketball at Providence and was an eighth-round draft pick of the New Jersey Nets in 1978. He later played overseas.