Suspensions Lifted For Panthers DE Charles Johnson & LB Thomas Davis


The NFL officially lifted the suspensions for Panthers DE Charles Johnson and LB Thomas Davis on Monday.

Carolina receives one-week roster exemptions for each player before they’ll be forced to add them to their active roster.

Davis finished serving his one-game ban for the blindside hit he put on Packers WR Davante Adams a few weeks ago. Initially, the NFL gave Davis a two-game suspension before they later reduced it to come game after an appeal.

As for Johnson, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Davis, 34, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2005. He was in the final year of his three-year, $18 million contract that includes $11.5 million guaranteed when he and the Panthers agreed to a one-year, $6.75 million extension through 2018.

In 2017, Davis has appeared in 14 games and recorded 66 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 25 linebacker out of 92 qualifying players.

Johnson, 31, is a former third-round pick of the Panthers back in 2007. He returned to the Panthers this past March on a two-year, $8 million contract that included $2.5 million guaranteed.

Johnson stands to make a base salary of $1 million for the 2017 season to go along with $2.25 million in 2018 and a $1 million roster bonus.

In 2017, Johnson has appeared in 11 games for the Panthers and recorded 16 tackles, no sacks and a pass defense.


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