Thomas Davis of 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. Davis is expected to appeal the suspension.
There is a precedent that may work in Davis' favor on appeal.
NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan cited Davis' previous offense as a reason for the two-game suspension. "Game is already risky enough and we got Pro Bowl players out here head hunting and saying they 'didn't mean to harm me, '" Adams tweeted.
The Carolina Panthers may be without their star linebacker Thomas Davis for the next two games. In no way way I trying to hurt you.
The NFL is reviewing the hit for potential discipline for Davis.
Adams on Monday, tweeting that the Panthers linebacker was "headhunting" when he led with his helmet on the blindside hit Sunday. We put a lot of emphasis on trying to score on defense.
Davis will be eligible to return to the Panthers' active roster on January 1, 2018 following the team's December 31 game against the Atlanta Falcons. They are in contention for a playoff spot and could spoil the Vikings' bid for a first-round bye if both teams finish 12-4 and win their respective divisions.