After suffering a broken arm in the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals, rumors began swirling that Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis would be out for the remainder of the season. While most players would not even consider playing with a broken arm, Davis believes that he will be good to go for Super Bowl 50 in two weeks. At this point, it is still way too early to assume that Davis will definitely play in the game. While Davis is one of the toughest players in the NFL, this is going to be a tough injury to come back from in such a short period of time. Here is a video of the injury.
As reported by SB Nation, Davis left the game in the second quarter after an injury to his right arm. After X-rays were taken in the locker room, doctors determined that Davis would not be able to return to action. After the report came out, Davis returned to the sidelines with a cast on his arm, as reported by Max Henson of Panthers.com.
Thomas Davis is on the sideline with a baseball cap on and a cast on his right arm. Getting hugs from teammates.— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) January 25, 2016
All signs pointed towards Davis being unavailable for the Super Bowl, and his teammates could clearly feel his pain. After the Panthers defeated the Cardinals by a score of 49-15, Davis spoke to reporters about his injury and status. After confirming that the initial prognosis is a broken arm, he said that he would be ready for Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos.
Thomas Davis says the early prognosis is his arm is broken.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) January 25, 2016
Thomas Davis says he's gonna play in the SB despite broke arm. Here he his popping finger back into place mid-play: https://t.co/P7u7ypUX3d— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 25, 2016
With the Super Bowl in two weeks, Davis will have another seven days to rest and test out his broken arm. If anyone can play with a broken arm, it is Thomas Davis. In speaking to the New York Post, Davis described coming back from three ACL tears to become one of the most feared defensive players in the entire NFL.
“I think a lot of it has to do with my will to succeed. My willingness to continue to fight through things. Going through the hardships that I had as a young kid, it prepared me for having to deal with times like going through injuries. Going to Georgia, and really having Coach [Mark] Richt instill in us everything that he did with the motto that we had: finish the drill. I think that was a huge part of me becoming who I’ve become. I’m definitely proud to be the first player to come back from that and still be able to play at a high level. When people said it couldn’t be done, the fact that I’ve been able to play at this level is one thing that I’m extremely proud of, because I’m still contributing to this team four, five years after going through that. And at the same time, I could never even think about the knee anymore, it’s just all about going out and playing the game.”
If Davis is able to manage to play against the Broncos, he is going to have to treat this injury differently than his ACL tears. In rehabbing his ACL injuries, he had surgery followed with numerous months of rehab. He was able to slowly ease back into things, and he could test out his leg on his own terms.
With the broken arm, he will have less than two weeks of rehab and practice, if he is even able to do either. In 2005, former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens pulled off a miraculous comeback to play in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. While Owens broke his foot in December and had seven weeks to heal after surgery, the injury was supposed to require at least eight to 10 weeks to heal, according to USA Today. Owens went on to catch nine passes for 122 yards. If it was not for Donovan McNabb’s three interceptions, Owens could have been the Super Bowl MVP. While the situations are different, it has been proven that star players can sometimes pull off miracles.
While rumors will continue to come out during the next two weeks regarding the status of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, do not be surprised if he suits up against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
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