Carolina Panthers

Davis happy to be in right place at right time

CHARLOTTE -- Josh Davis didn't make the Carolina Panthers' opening day roster like he had hoped, but he still smiled last week, knowing how lucky he is.

The former York Comprehensive High star and Hickory Grove resident was back at Bank of America Stadium last week, saying he's fortunate to have been in a situation with so much medical care as the Panthers training camp. Davis had to undergo an emergency appendectomy on Aug. 19, derailing his chances of making the team. It almost had severe consequences.

"It was crazy," he said. "I was lucky to be where I was when I was."

Davis said doctors have told him he can't lift weights until December at the earliest. He lost 13 pounds while he was at the hospital.

While nothing's official, Davis said the Panthers have indicated they wanted to bring him back next year, after he showed promise in camp, impressing the staff with his ability to learn their system after spending all spring in NFL Europe.

"One thing about these guys," he said. "Once they decide they like you, they usually do a good job of taking care of you."