Williams could help replace Davis

Carolina LB Jon Beason wasn't immediately concerned when he saw teammate Thomas Davis tumble to the turf and grab his surgically repaired right knee earlier this week. "I would have bet a million bucks it wasn't the ACL," Beason said Thursday. "I thought it was scar tissue and having the surgery I know you can go through it." It was indeed the ACL - again. Seven months after making a remarkably fast recovery from a torn ACL, Davis is likely lost for the season after suffering the same injury in almost the same way - while backpedaling and without contact - in Tuesday's optional workout. It leaves Carolina without one of its speediest and best defensive players. And it could lead Beason, a Pro Bowl middle linebacker, to move to Davis' old spot in the Panthers' 4-3 scheme. Carolina's workout Thursday included Beason taking some snaps there. "I'm getting some reps at the Will position because we have the opportunity right now," Beason said. "You really just want to determine the best three guys right now. The only way to do that is to move guys around and see what that equation is."

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