Charlotte, N.C. — Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis reiterated he plans to play in Super Bowl 50 with a broken arm, and isn’t concerned about the risk of re-injury.
Davis broke his right forearm in the first half of the NFC championship game victory against Arizona, and had surgery Monday night. Doctors inserted a plate in Davis’ arm, and he will wear a Kevlar brace against Denver on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.
“If I had concerns about hitting somebody or getting hit, I wouldn’t even take the field. It’s not even going to be something I think about one bit,” Davis said. “I’m going to go out there and play the game like I’ve always played it: fast, hard and aggressive. That’s the mindset. That’s what I have to do.”
The Panthers are working on a fallback plan in the event Davis can’t play or aggravates the injury. Rookie Shaq Thompson has been taking reps this week at Davis’ weakside linebacker spot.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera deferred to the team doctors when asked the chance of re-injury to Davis’ arm. But Rivera added defensive players use their hands more than their forearms.
He plans to wear a smaller brace than first expected. Davis said the Kevlar brace is the same type worn by Steve Smith after the former Panthers wideout broke his arm playing flag football. Davis said Smith was one of the first guys to reach out to him after Davis got hurt.
Davis is the first player known to have returned from three ACL surgeries, so he doesn’t view his current injury as a big setback.
“Especially since they were able to do the surgery the next day and we have time to heal up,” Davis said.
Davis says he has full use of his right hand and the brace “won’t be as big of a challenge as an offensive lineman playing with a club.”
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is helping in the investigation of Peyton Manning’s alleged link to a clinic that deals in human growth hormone.
Earlier this week, the NFL said it was conducting a comprehensive review into the case.
Asked about the case, USADA CEO Travis Tygart told The Associated Press he could not comment on it specifically because his agency, best known for overseeing U.S. Olympic sports, is assisting the NFL.
Al Jazeera reported last month that an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic was secretly recorded suggesting Manning’s wife received deliveries of HGH, which is banned by the league, while Manning was recovering from neck surgeries.
The intern, Charles Sly, later recanted his story.
On Thursday, Manning said he welcomed the review. He said the report was, quote, “garbage from the first day it came out, and it’s still garbage today.”
Joe Montana, Joe Greene and Emmitt Smith are among the 22 Pro Football Hall of Famers voted to the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.
The squad was selected by voters for the Hall of Fame inductions. It features one player who won five Super Bowl titles, defensive end Charles Haley, and 10 who earned four rings: Montana, Greene, Ronnie Lott, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Mike Webster, Mel Blount, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert and Adam Vinatieri, the only unanimous selection and only active player.
And the coach of the team, Chuck Noll, took four championships with Pittsburgh, which had seven players selected. Former Michigan star Desmond Howard also was selected.
Ticket website probed
New York authorities are investigating whether the NFL is engaging in anti-competitive practices on its ticket-selling website.
The investigation is part of a larger probe by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into high event ticket pricing.
Schneiderman released a report that criticizes “price floors” for game tickets, particularly by sports leagues including the NFL.
The government body that oversees Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will consider a proposal to allow two NFL teams to temporarily share the stadium with USC.
The Coliseum Commission met to consider amending USC’s current lease, which allows only one NFL team.
The Rams, who are relocating to LA, will play at the Coliseum until their new stadium is built in suburban Inglewood.