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Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis has apparent leg injury, but nothing ‘catastrophic’

Veteran Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has an apparent leg injury on Sunday night, though coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t go into much detail about it on Monday.

Davis pulled up lame on a fourth-quarter Steelers’ rush. He grabbed the back of his left leg and walked off the field. He did not return to the game.

Davis has undergone three surgeries to repair the ACL in his right knee. Rivera said Davis’ injury did not concern his right ACL and said it was nothing “catastrophic.”

Davis didn’t seem himself during the game, though. Normally flying around the field, Davis didn’t fit the run well and was in pursuit of Steelers more than he was tackling them. He had three tackles Sunday night, which tied for his fewest since midway through the 2012 season.

Cotchery hopeful: Veteran receiver Jerricho Cotchery said it’s still too early to say if he’d be healthy enough to play against Baltimore, but he certainly wasn’t Sunday against Pittsburgh.

“I worked out (Sunday) morning and it wasn’t there, wasn’t ready,” Cotchery said. “So they set me down.”

Cotchery injured his hamstring during practice last week and missed Friday’s practice. Inactive Sunday versus his former team, Cotchery remains hopeful that he’ll be ready for Week 4 with proper treatment this week.

“You always want to have the big picture in mind,” Cotchery said. “But at the end of the day, you want to be on the field out there with your teammates. That’s tough being in that position that I was in last night, not being able to do anything. Act as a coach, but that’s not the position I want to be. I want to be out there helping the team.”

Extra point: Pittsburgh’s 37-19 victory against the Panthers marked just the second time in NFL history a game has ended in that score, according to Pro Football Reference. Tennessee’s win against Philadelphia in 2010 was the first time.

Staff writer Joseph Person contributed.

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