SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Coach Ron Rivera says he expects linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Jared Allen to start for Panthers on Sunday in the Super Bowl.
Davis missed the second half of the team's NFC championship game win over the Arizona Cardinals with a broken right forearm. He had surgery to have 12 screws and a plate inserted into the arm and will wear a protective brace Sunday.
Allen missed the Arizona game with a small broken bone in his foot, but has had three weeks to recover.
Rivera said Friday ''we are pleased with what we got from both of those guys. I'm excited about having them back on the football field. ... I believe they will be given the `all clear.'''
Both participated in all drills in practice Friday.
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