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Thomas Davis breaks right arm, vows to play Super Bowl

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Thomas Davis has torn three ACLs, so he knows when something is wrong.

But even after suffering a broken right arm in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, the Panthers linebacker vowed he wouldn’t miss Super Bowl 50.

“I’ve got two weeks to heal up,” Davis said in the victorious locker room, carefully holding his right arm up with his left hand as he spoke. “Come on, you know me. I ain’t missing the Super Bowl, you know that.”

Of course, there might be a little bravado and adrenaline talking, as Davis admitted he had to consult with doctors tonight to see what the plan of action was. Asked if casting the arm and finishing the game against the Cardinals was an option, he said it wasn’t. When asked if surgery would be required, he shrugged, but insisted he wasn’t bypassing  a chance to play in his first Super Bowl.

At varying points he offered guarantees he’d be on the field against the Broncos, and considering what he’s been through in his career, it would be strange to doubt him.

Asked why he was so confident, Davis didn’t blink.

“Because I believe in me,” Davis replied.

And because he’s overcome so much to lead the Panthers to this point, that belief is widespread in the Panthers locker room, too.

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38 Responses to “Thomas Davis breaks right arm, vows to play Super Bowl”
  1. snowdood163 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:59 PM

    This dude is a stud. Much respect.

    – Broncos fan

  2. murph2432 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:01 PM

    As a Broncos fan, I hope he doesn’t play but wish him a speedy recovery.

  3. playsanity says: Jan 24, 2016 11:01 PM

    It was a devastating injury, that luckily didn’t effect this game but against the Broncos it can be huge. Would love to have him out there but don’t want him losing an arm just to play a Super Bowl.

  4. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Jan 24, 2016 11:02 PM

    He’ll play. This guy is a different level of toughness.

  5. kw823 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:03 PM

    This man is a beast with a huge heart. I can’t doubt for a moment he’ll be in the game if there is even a chance for him to play.

  6. robaloconmosca says: Jan 24, 2016 11:04 PM

    He deserves it. Heart and soul of this team. Keep pounding.

  7. jrossizzle says: Jan 24, 2016 11:05 PM

    LB broken arm
    Pats broken spirits

  8. Patch24680 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:07 PM

    I hate that TD broke his arm in this game. It totally sucks, but just watching him for his whole career here in NC, I don’t doubt for a minute that he’ll give it everything he has to play in the Super Bowl!
    We’re all behind you, TD!!!! Get well soon and

  9. savethebs says: Jan 24, 2016 11:09 PM

    I believe him. Remember the replay of him popping his dislocated finger back in midplay & then making the tackle? Yep, I believe him.

  10. dmretrogames says: Jan 24, 2016 11:12 PM

    Yeah, no. He’s not playing. Maurkice Pouncey said the same thing five years ago, and he only sprained his ankle.

    Big break for the Donkeys, but they’re still going to get annihilated.

  11. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 24, 2016 11:18 PM

    Let’s all laugh at how the Patriots aren’t even in it!

  12. johnniemayes says: Jan 24, 2016 11:22 PM

    Broncos defense will destroy the Panthers. Von Miller is Cam Newton’s kryptonite. Newton will panic and throw interceptions.

  13. johnniemayes says: Jan 24, 2016 11:25 PM

    Just a reminder for y’all, the last time the #1 defense and #1 offense played each other in a Super Bowl, the #1 defense won 43-8. This was no ordinary #1 offense either, it was the best in NFL history. So those of you who think the Panthers are just going to roll the Broncos over have another thing coming.

  14. gonzagylot00 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:32 PM

    Panthers defense will destroy the Broncos. Josh Norman/Luke Kuechly/Kawann Short/Star/Thomas Davis/Charles Johnson is Peyton Manninng’s krypton its. Manninng’s will throw for about 70 yards and it won’t be close.

  15. craniator says: Jan 24, 2016 11:40 PM

    He’ll play, period.

  16. jrmalo23 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:43 PM

    A NBA player would’ve called it career…

  17. skawh says: Jan 25, 2016 12:07 AM

    Jan 24, 2016 11:25 PM
    Just a reminder for y’all, the last time the #1 defense and #1 offense played each other in a Super Bowl, the #1 defense won 43-8. This was no ordinary #1 offense either, it was the best in NFL history. So those of you who think the Panthers are just going to roll the Broncos over have another thing coming.
    Yes, but Seattle didn’t have a great offense to match its #1 defense. Carolina has both a great offense and a great defense. It’s scary how complete a team Carolina is.

    Respect – Seattle fan

  18. blackbeard43 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:20 AM

    “He’ll play, period” A broken arm? I hope he does. Denver by one.

  19. johngaltx says: Jan 25, 2016 12:46 AM


  20. nflcommissioner says: Jan 25, 2016 12:51 AM

    He will rub some dirt on it and be right back in the thick of it. Gutsy dude!!

  21. zeke2517 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:57 AM

    It’s not about toughness. If the bones in your arm are broken, you can’t use your arm. Like, take your favorite shovel, break the handle, and then try to dig. Doesn’t work.

    It’s fine, though. Peyton needs this one.

  22. craniator says: Jan 25, 2016 1:12 AM

    @Blackbeard — you must have forgotten that WR Terrell Owens played in the Super Bowl on a leg that had been broken not much earlier than Davis broke his arm.

  23. philly462 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:13 AM

    The worst injury I can say I’ve played with in football is a shattered finger. Shattered mid game, buddy taped it and kept buddy taping it for a few games.

    After about three weeks it starting turning colors at the nail and that was it, season done. They had to rebreak it and get rid of all the bone. Steel plates and rods.

    In retrospect, not worth it. Of course, that was high school and he’s going to the Super Bowl. If you can swing it, put a guard on that arm and chew some percocet.

  24. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:25 AM

    ……fractured arm YES….broken arm NO….sorry dude…the NFL will not let you play with a giant cast.

  25. aavengern7 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:33 AM

    All the pot smokers in Colorado are showing their lack of understanding about football and REAL men, especially from North Carolina.

  26. cosmicconvoy says: Jan 25, 2016 2:09 AM

    Sounds like a selfish fool to me.

  27. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jan 25, 2016 2:12 AM

    Don’t worry. He’ll play in the SB next year, if not this one.

  28. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 25, 2016 6:27 AM

    Jack Youngblood style

  29. dmretrogames says: Jan 25, 2016 8:45 AM

    Peyton put up 43 points against the Steelers and Pats’ defenses combined. God help him in two weeks.

    Over/under on Manning turnovers: 2.5

    Take the over.

    And that edge rush will only flush Newton to where he is most dangerous – out of the pocket.

  30. dmretrogames says: Jan 25, 2016 8:46 AM

    I mean, I’m sure Elway wanted Manning to experience his career ending Super Bowl experience, but does he have to take him through the first three to get there?

    Nobody gets blown out in Super Bowls as well as the Denver Broncos. Embrace it.

    Panthers 38 Broncos 3

  31. dmretrogames says: Jan 25, 2016 8:57 AM

    Points scored, Points allowed:

    Denver: 19th, 4th
    Carolina: 1st, 6th

    Turnovers committed, turnovers forced:

    Denver: 31, 27, -4
    Carolina: 19, 39, +20

    Going to be a bloodletting.

  32. bocadiver1 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:00 AM

    Peyton’s last rodeo will end as sorry as his last one. Retire, Peyton, and do us all a favor and STOP shilling for any company that will pay you enough to smile, mumble or just stand and look interested.

  33. keem513 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:23 AM

    i hope they win so he can retire

  34. cropslx says: Jan 25, 2016 9:24 AM

    Heck of a player on the field and a better man off the field (hard to believe). If any one can do it TD can! Keep Pounding and GO PANTHERS!!

  35. acham83 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:28 AM

    Rivera sat Jared Allen due to a broken bone in his door even though Allen wanted to play.

  36. dmretrogames says: Jan 25, 2016 9:44 AM

    “Rivera sat Jared Allen due to a broken bone in his door even though Allen wanted to play.”

    You simply don’t mess around with a broken bone in your door. You’re going to need that door for the rest of your life.

    If he injures it worse, he’ll be stuck in that room forever.

  37. jgedgar70 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:39 PM

    It’s hard to imagine he’ll be able to play, but I don’t doubt he’ll make every effort. If he can’t play, we’ll just stick AJ Klein in there, like we did when Kuechly was out with a concussion, and keep pounding.

    GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. pike747 says: Jan 27, 2016 7:07 PM

    “Just rub some ‘tussin on it!”

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