Panthers defensive end Jared Allen didn’t play in the NFC championship game after breaking a bone in his foot against the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs, but he said he felt “ready to rock” a couple of days before the game.
Allen was at practice on Wednesday and said after the session that he was able to work with “no limitations” and that his foot “feels great” with the team preparing for Super Bowl 50. Allen also talked about saying that he wasn’t happy with the team’s decision to deactivate him for last Sunday’s game.
“I would have loved to play,” Allen said, via the team’s website. “Did you see how much fun those guys were having on the field? As a competitor I want to be on the field all the time, but I respect Coach Rivera’s decision. I just want to be a part of this with these guys. This is a special group. Everybody wants to contribute.”
Kony Ealy started in place of Allen against the Cardinals and had three tackles as part of a defensive effort that held the Cardinals to 15 points while forcing six turnovers. If all continues to go well for Allen in practice over the next week, it looks like he’ll have a chance to rejoin the unit as they try to wreak the same havoc on the Broncos.