Panthers LB Thomas Davis not ready to retire

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Thomas Davis loves football so much he isn't about to let three knee injuries force him out of the game.

The often-injured Carolina Panthers linebacker refuses to put his shoulder pads on the shelf and plans to keep playing despite tearing the ACL in his right knee three times in the last two years.

Davis' latest knee injury came in Week 2 against Green Bay and he's been on injured reserve since. But the seven-year NFL veteran hasn't given up the dream of playing again.

The 28-year-old Davis says he has some good years left and will do anything to play again -- even if that means volunteering to restructure his contract and take a pay cut.

As for life after football, Davis just isn't thinking about that right now.