Thomas Davis, Matt Moore, and Dan Connor were placed on season ending injured reserve today. Moore was found to have a torn labrum in his shoulder, having gone down in the first half against the Saints against a strong-side overload blitz that he didn't read.
Connor went out with a hip injury, later found to be cracked. Connor was a nice surprise at MLB, with 47 tackles and a sack in 8 starts there. He made up for the difference in moving James Anderson to SLB, and Jon Beason to WLB. Beason now moves to his more comfortable middle role, and the WLB job was tenatively played by Nic Harris during the completion of the Saints game.
Davis was allowed to determine his own fate, and chose to rest. He'd not practiced and time was running out - after having raced to get ready last year, he hurt himself, and now has sufficient time to rest in a season that doesn't really matter anymore. Mike Cranston, AP reporter, said over twitter:
Chatted with #Panthers LB Thomas Davis here at the cable box. Says it "wasn't worth the risk" try to come back this season
Davis says he was allowed to make the decision, not the team. Acknowledged knee isn't 100 percent
But Davis confident #Panthers will re-sign him. "I've pretty much been assured by them that I'm going to be a Panther"