Panthers' Thomas Davis gives Thanksgiving game at Dallas two thumbs up

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis apparently got over his desire to play the Dallas Cowboys early in the season to avoid facing former teammate Greg Hardy.

Shortly after Tuesday's release of the NFL schedule, revealing Carolina will face the Cowboys -- and likely Hardy -- on Thanksgiving Day, Davis gave the game four big smiley faces and two thumbs up.

Barring an 11-game suspension by the NFL for violating the personal conduct code, Hardy will be on the field against the team that drafted him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.

Hardy remains on the commissioner's exempt list while the league wraps up its investigation into Hardy's 2014 domestic violence case. Hardy signed a one-year deal with Dallas last month.

"He's definitely going to make that defense better," Davis said on Monday as Carolina began voluntary offseason workouts. "No one really knows what the league is going to do suspension-wise, but I hope we play them early and we don't have to face him."

The league thought otherwise.

Davis quickly got over it, judging by his tweet.

The Twitter reaction from other Carolina players was positive as well. Defensive end Charles Johnson certainly didn't sound unhappy about spending a holiday in Dallas.

Backup offensive lineman Brian Folkerts was equally excited, but he probably won't be on the field against Hardy.

Defensive tackle Colin Cole was more worried about a scheduling issue than Hardy.

My favorite response came from Stephanie Rivera, the wife of Carolina coach Ron Rivera. And the Panthers head coach favorited the tweet.