With even an optimistic estimate for recovery of six months, Davis wouldn't be able to play until the final four games of the regular season, so the Panthers easily could have put him on injured reserve and gain a roster spot for training camp. The organization decided to wait, however, placing Davis on the active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which makes him eligible to go on the reserve PUP list once the regular season starts. At that point, he wouldn't count against the 53-man roster, though he wouldn't be eligible to play for the first six weeks of the season. Then, in Weeks 7-9, Davis would be able to practice with the team, and somewhere in that window, the Panthers would have to decide whether to add him to the active roster or shut him down for the season. "I'm going to try to maximize the time that the PUP will allow, and we'll just go from there. Hopefully, it can be before then, but I definitely want to maximize that time and hope for the best," Davis said. "It's too early to say, but I always like to keep my confidence level up." Two thing from that article, first, what happened to Andrew Mason? I liked him. :( Secondly, one thing we don't talk about a lot is the possibility of Davis's return. From what we know about medicine and knee injuries, we would say it's impossible, but over in New England, Wes Welker has come back very quickly as well. Could we see Davis back in uniform for the end of the season, and, dare I hope, playoffs?