The Carolina Panthers tore apart the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night to book their first trip to the Super Bowl since 2003, and even a broken arm isn't going to stop one of their stars from taking part.
At least, that is the opinion of outside linebacker Thomas Davis. The 32-year-old Pro Bowler suffered a broken right forearm during the first half of Carolina's 29-15 win over the Cardinals but has vowed to be on the field for Super Bowl 50.
Speaking in the locker room after the win, Davis wasn't worried by the apparent severity of the injury:
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"I ain't missing the Super Bowl," he told reporters, via ESPN. "You better believe that...The early prognosis is it's broken. We'll get it figured out, and I'll be ready in two weeks."
Davis, the longest serving player on the Panthers' roster, has been an integral part of the team's rise to Super Bowl contenders this year - logging 5.5 sacks, four interceptions and 105 combined tackles during the regular season.
And, after 11 years at the franchise, he is determined not to miss out on the biggest game of his career to date.
Judging by the response of his fellow teammates and coaching staff, you wouldn't bet against number 58 lining up against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium come February 7.
""Three ACLs. Broken fingers. It hasn't stopped him yet," explained Carolina's DT Kawann Short.
"You will have to take his jerseys away from him -- all five of them, even the ones at home too -- before he sits out this game."
Ron Rivera, meanwhile, had full confidence in Davis' optimistic prognosis:
"I don't doubt any word he says," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "If he says he will be ready, I know he will be ready."
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