Davis has endured three reconstructive knee surgeries during his six seasons in Carolina. He's started only nine games over the past two years, but returned to practice with the team this week after coming off a strained calf injury. Davis has started 56 games for this team, but is fighting for a roster spot under a new coaching staff that didn't play a role in drafting him.
Linebacker Jon Beason and his tweaked hamstring won't play against the Jets and neither will Cam Newton's top target, Steve Smith, who suffered a foot infection last weekend and was seen on crutches Friday. The veteran receiver has been treated with antibiotics and Rivera said Smith would be ruled out if this were a regular-season game.