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Ron Rivera: Panthers expecting Thomas Davis to play

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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery to repair his broken arm this morning, and coach Ron Rivera said the expectation is that their spiritual leader will be on the field against the Broncos in 13 days.

“If all goes well, it should be something he’ll be able to play with,” Rivera told reporters, though he didn’t know the details of what Davis had done.

It’s likely a plate was installed, and he’ll try to play while wearing a cast to protect his right arm.

But Davis isn’t the only concern the Panthers had to deal with after yesterday’s game.

Safety Roman Harper left the game after getting hit in the eye during a collision with teammate Luke Kuechly. Fullback Mike Tolbert is being evaluated for a knee injury he suffered late in the game.

Center Ryan Kalil missed a few snaps with what was announced as a knee injury, but he said after the game he was fine.

As for veteran defensive end Jared Allen, who didn’t play last night because of a broken bone in his foot, Rivera said he was hopeful the time would help him recover.

“Hopefully he can show me that he’s ready to roll,” Rivera said.

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13 Responses to “Ron Rivera: Panthers expecting Thomas Davis to play”
  1. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 25, 2016 12:37 PM

    To think the rendition of Carolina on display last night wasn’t at full strength…

  2. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 25, 2016 12:45 PM

    Good thing Tom Brady can make it to the pro bowl once again

  3. qdog112 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:48 PM

    Certainly hope he can play – and play well. As for Allen, that’s gonna be a tough call. He’s working with a weight-bearing injury, that could limit his effectiveness.

    With the way the pass rush has been, I question if Rivera wants to alter it in any way. The players who played the way they did yesterday probably think they deserve a chance to continue playing. I happen to agree.

    One thing that will happen, is that notoriously cheap owner, Jerry Richardson, will give Rivera a huge raise and extension, that he has richly earned.

  4. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 25, 2016 12:48 PM

    Wow.

  5. tylawspick6 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:50 PM

    Gomer Manning is going to get embarrassed in a Super Bowl like it’s 1987.

    LMAO

    Elway Style

  6. tylawspick6 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:52 PM

    Watch all HGH shipments to Florida from Indiana.

    Get on it, FEDS!

  7. thebirdofprey says: Jan 25, 2016 1:05 PM

    Thomas Davis has instincts of the great inside linebackers but I love how explosive and quick he is to close on the ball. That hit he had on the running back 6 yards in the backfield made me stand up.

  8. billbrasky72 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:39 PM

    Sounds kinda selfish. Can’t imagine he’s better than his backup with a broken arm.

  9. tommymomoney says: Jan 25, 2016 2:05 PM

    He broke his arm. Sorry Panthers fans, no matter what you hear, he’s not playing.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 25, 2016 3:06 PM

    The Super Bowl will come down to coaching. Which coach/DC come up with the best defensive plan to attack the other team’s offense. Both teams have very good defenses so the difference will be Koob/Wade vs Rivera/McDermott. Do you trust Koob/Wade to have success against Cam or Rivera/McDermott to confuse Peyton?

  11. jgedgar70 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:15 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 25, 2016 3:06 PM
    The Super Bowl will come down to coaching. Which coach/DC come up with the best defensive plan to attack the other team’s offense. Both teams have very good defenses so the difference will be Koob/Wade vs Rivera/McDermott. Do you trust Koob/Wade to have success against Cam or Rivera/McDermott to confuse Peyton?
    _____
    Mike Shula is our OC and calls all the plays. He has been absolutely brilliant as a play-caller this year. I think he’s a bit better than Koob, if only because he has more weapons to work with.

    As for TD, I would love for him to play. If he can’t, AJ Klein already had a ton of playing time for us when Kuechly was out with a concussion. I think the D will be fine, and it should be a great game.

    GO PANTHERS!

  12. intrafinesse says: Jan 25, 2016 3:47 PM

    I hope Manning can win a SB and retire.

  13. delhommed says: Jan 25, 2016 4:28 PM

    keep pounding

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