The four-game suspension handed to Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will have a ripple effect on the team's defense.
Davis, who announced Friday on Twitter that he will sit out the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league's policy for performance-enhancing drugs, leaves a gaping hole in Carolina's defense.
Despite the fact that he turned 35 last month, Davis has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, putting the onus on fourth-year linebacker Shaq Thompson to fill the void in his absence.
A former first-round pick out of Washington in 2015, Thompson quickly pledged his support for Davis following his teammate's video announcing his four-game man.
"We know you the last person to ever cheat this game! We know how much you love and play this game with passion!" Thompson wrote on his Twitter account. "We got you back bro don't you worry about that.. ima hold it down for you bro and we you come back u ain't going miss a beat! This video explains who you are as a man!"