DAVIS SUSPENDED TWO GAMES
FOR VIOLATION OF SAFETY-RELATED
the Carolina Panthers has been suspended without pay for two games for a violation
of safety-related playing rules in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
NFL Vice President of
Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued
In his letter to Davis
notifying him of the suspension, Runyan noted that Davis violated Rule 12,
Section 2, Article 7 (b) (1) which prohibits unnecessary contact against a
player who is in a defenseless posture by “forcibly
hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask,
forearm or shoulder, even if the initial contact is lower than the player’s
“During an interception return, you took a path toward your
opponent who was pursuing the play and delivered a violent and unnecessary
blindside block to his head and neck area.
You have been previously fined for violations of safety-related
rules. Your actions yesterday warrant an
escalation of discipline, not only because they were flagrant, but also because
of your status as a repeat offender.”
will be eligible to return to the Panthers’ active roster on Monday, January 1
following the team’s December 31 game against the Atlanta Falcons. He will also miss the club’s December 24 game
against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within
three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the
NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
collected for violations included in the schedule of fines are designated for
programs for former players. The NFL and
the NFLPA have agreed to donate fine money through the NFL Foundation to the
NFL Player Care Foundation and the Gene Upshaw Players Association’s Players
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