Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis still plans to play in the Super Bowl despite undergoing surgery Monday in which a plate and 11 to 12 screws were drilled into his broken right forearm.
“I’m excited about where I am right now,” Davis said, according to NFL.com. “(My status) hasn’t changed, still looking forward to playing on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Davis sustained the broken arm during the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, but assured reporters after the game that he would be ready to play by the Super Bowl. He underwent surgery the next day.
“There are some limitations,” Davis said Thursday. “I just had surgery on Monday, but at the same time it’s been getting better and better every day, and that’s the goal, continue to get better all the way up until next Sunday.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera also expressed confidence in Davis’s chances to face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
“We’ll see how he is at the end of the week, but I would not bet against Thomas Davis,” Rivera said.
Davis, a First-Team All-Pro selection for the first time in his 10-year career this season, finished the regular season with 75 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
- Erin Flynn