Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis reiterated his stance that 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.
“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 (Grant High School) has been taking reps this week at Davis’ weakside linebacker spot.
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Panthers coach Ron Rivera deferred to the team doctors when asked the chance of re-injury to Davis’ arm. But Rivera added that defensive players use their hands more than their forearms.
Davis said the Kevlar brace is the same type worn by Steve Smith said 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.