Davis NFC Defensive Player of the Week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Linebacker Thomas Davis was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his two-sack performance in Sunday's 35-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. It is the second such honor for a Carolina player this season and the first time since 2009 the Panthers have had two in one season. End Greg Hardy won the award after a three-sack performance in Week 3 against the New York Giants.

Davis, playing both weakside and strongside linebacker since the trade of Jon Beason to the Giants, led the Panthers (2-3) with nine tackles. In addition to the two sacks he had two quarterback hurries and two tackles for loss for the league's No. 3-ranked defense.

"He's a key component to what we're doing on defense and in this building from a leadership standpoint,'' defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. "He just continues to evolve as a football player, which is amazing.''

Davis is in his ninth year in the NFL. He has overcome three ACL injuries, including one that sidelined him for the 2010 season.

"To watch a young man get better as a football player, even in his [ninth] year, gives us as coaches a lot of gratification,'' McDermott said.

Silatolu on injured reserve: The Panthers placed guard Amini Silatolu on injured reserve and signed linebacker Jason Williams, decreasing the chances that running back Jonathan Stewart will be activated off the physically unable to perform list this week.