Davis was starting to settle down when injuries hit in 2009, but setbacks during the minicamp in 2010 and the second week in 2011 made his football future uncertain. After all, no one had done what he was trying to do.
All he has done is come back as a more complete linebacker – a craftsman instead of a mere athlete, a man whose knowledge of the game has grown to make up for all he has physically lost. .
It’s sort of fitting that his three Pro Bowl spots and both All-Pro honors came after injuries – and those weren’t just sympathy votes. Outside linebackers in 4-3 defenses often lag behind in reconnaissance as they lack the flashy sack numbers of their 3-4 counterparts, but what Davis did in his second act was impossible to ignore.
He came back. All the way back.
And on March 11, he returns.