Charlotte, N.C. — All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning on his broken right forearm, but is expected to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.
“My understanding is if everything goes well it is something he can mostly certainly play with,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday. “So we are excited about that possibility.”
Rivera did not know which forearm bone Davis broke.
He said the 11-year NFL veteran might need to wear a brace on his arm similar to the one worn by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Davis broke his arm in the second quarter of Carolina’s 49-15 win over the Cardinals on Sunday in the NFC championship game. Davis said after the game he fully expected to play in the Super Bowl in about two weeks.
Rivera said if anybody can play through the pain, it would be Davis, who has battled back from three torn ACLs in the same knee to play at an All-Pro level.
“He said (he was going to play) with the same type of sincerity he said to me when he told me he was coming back from the third ACL,” Rivera said. “There is something about his conviction and I think that’s what makes him who he is today. So I have no doubt that as long as everything continues to heal the way it’s supposed to, he’ll be out there.”
Players were not made available for comment Monday.
Davis’ wife posted an Instagram photo of her husband wearing a hospital shower cap on Monday and thanked well-wishers.
Davis said after the game Sunday he planned to play in the Super Bowl.
“It hurt. It was painful,” Davis said Sunday. “At the same time I believe in our training staff and I believe in the process.”
Davis was dominant early in the NFC title game recording six tackles, including two for losses.
But he broke his forearm while trying to break up a pass in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room for observations. He returned to the sideline in the second half wearing a sling on his right arm.
Even without Davis, the Panthers finished the game with seven takeaways — six of those on defense. They forced Carson Palmer into four interceptions and forced two fumbles.
When asked what makes him believe he can play with a broken arm, Davis replied, “I believe in me.”
Peyton Manning earned back half of the $4 million pay cut he accepted last winter by leading the Broncos back to the Super Bowl.
He can recoup the rest with a win over Carolina in two weeks.
Manning agreed to GM John Elway’s request that he reduce his 2015 salary to $15 million. But he did so with the caveat that he could earn back every penny by getting to and winning Super Bowl 50.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith replaces Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who withdrew because of an injury.
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He’s replacing Denver’s Von Miller.
... Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and center Eric Wood are replacing Carolina quarterback Cam Newton and center Ryan Kalil.
... Dolphins safety Reshad Jones and cornerback Brent Grimes were selected as replacements.
... Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil has been added to the roster.
The Eagles signed tight end Zach Ertz to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
... Police say former NFL quarterback Vince Young has been arrested on charges of drunken driving in Austin, Texas.
... The NFL’s appeal in the deflategate case is scheduled to be heard by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on March 3.
... A federal appeals court ruled against late Raiders owner Al Davis and his wife, Carol, in a fight with the IRS over about $2.5 million in tax assessments.
Sunday, Feb. 7
At Santa Clara, Calif.
Denver vs. Carolina, 6:30 p.m. (CBS)
Line: Carolina by 4