Rivera: LB Davis has surgery, expected to play in Super Bowl

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By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Panthers coach Ron Rivera says All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning on his broken right forearm, but is expected to play in the Super Bowl.

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Rivera says it’s “my understanding is if everything goes well it is something he can mostly certainly play with – so we are excited about that possibility.”

Rivera says the 11-year NFL veteran may need to wear a brace on his arm similar to the one New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wears.

Rivera broke his arm in the second quarter of Carolina’s 49-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in the NFC championship. Davis said after the game he fully expected to play in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl because, “I believe in me.”



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