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Beason and Davis Both Looking to Return from Big Injuries

Panthers linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis are both working to come back from serious injuries in 2011 to be ready and 100 percent for the 2012 season, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer writes.

Beason suffered a torn Achilles in the season-opener, just six weeks after signing a five-year, $50 million contract extension. The three-time Pro Bowler had undergone surgery in August to deal with some tendinitis in the same ankle. Cleared to resume physical activity at the start of the year, Beason is taking his recovery slowly.

“This isn’t really a tough-man injury. This is an injury they have down to a science,” Beason said. “The protocol is the guys that are successful with it take their time.”

Davis signed a four-year, $33 million contract extension in July. In Week 2 of the regular season, Davis tore the ACL in his right knee for the third time. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney has a decision to make on an $8 million option bonus on Davis’ contract, which must be made on either the first or second day of the 2012 league year (March 13-14).

There is an $8 million non-exercise fee if Davis is on the roster on the third day of the league year.

“I’m pretty confident that something will get worked out,” Davis said of his contract. “It’s something that’s not crossing my mind right now. I hired an agent to do a job and he’s going to get it done. And Marty’s going to do his job, and they’ll get that figured out.”

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