Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera decided to rest Jared Allen for their NFC Championship game last weekend against the Arizona Cardinals after the defensive end broke a bone in his foot against the Seahawks in the divisional round.
The Panthers won the game and have now advanced to Super Bowl 50 to play against the Denver Broncos for the Vince Lombardi trophy, and Allen is ready to help out.
According to team's website, he said he would have loved to have played in last week's game, but now feels he is able to train with zero limitations.
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He said: "I’m preparing as usual. My foot feels great. I’m going to keep working and getting ready for this game. No limitations.
"I would have loved to play (in the NFC Championship). 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."
The Super Bowl will be tough for the Panthers on both sides of the ball. Allen and the rest of the defense will have to put up with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Cam Newton and the offense, on the other hand, will have to deal with one of the best defenses in the NFL, which includes an amazing pass rush.
It won't be as easy for the Panthers defense to have a field day and help run up the score on the AFC Champions as it was on the Cardinals. Nevertheless, if Allen is able to stay fit enough to play in the Super Bowl in just under a week and a half's time, that's exactly what they're going to try and do.