Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has come back from three ACL surgeries, so he wasn’t going to let a finger dislocation slow him down against Seattle.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 27-23 victory last weekend, Davis dislocated his left ring finger while taking on a block, popped it back in place and tackled Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for no gain.
A video of the play went viral, although Davis shrugged it off.
“My pain tolerance is pretty high right now,” said Davis, who is the first player known to have returned from three ACL tears.
Davis said he’s dislocated the finger five or six times this season. In a game at Miami two seasons ago, Davis had a compound fracture of his left pinkie finger and returned to the game after having the bone re-set and getting stitches.
“This little thing right here was not that serious. In Miami, the bone came through the skin,” Davis said Friday, looking at his hand. “In the heat of the battle, man, the game’s on the line and they threw a screen play. It was a natural reaction. ...
“What, am I going to go to the sideline and talk to the trainers about a finger? I can do the same thing they’re going to do. Pop it back in place, tape it up and keep moving.”
Incidentally, Davis was not listed on the injury report this week.