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Ron Rivera expects injured Thomas Davis to start on Sunday

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Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis suffered a broken arm two weeks ago in the NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals. However, that injury will not cost him from playing in the biggest game of his life.

Davis will start for the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos on Sunday evening from Levi Stadium.

“Yes, yes I do (expect Davis to start) based on everything I’m seeing from him right now and what the doctors have talked about — they talk about him every day and we go over everything he’s done and what they’re seeing,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said to NFL.com today. “He actually took a shot in the arm yesterday and said, ‘I’m fine. That felt pretty good.’”

He broke his forearm when he went for a tackle on Cardinals tight end Darren Fells in the second quarter of the game. The next day, he underwent surgery to have a plate inserted and about a dozen screwed into the arm.

Despite his injury, he practiced all week and wore a protective device to help keep his arm secure.

Injuries is nothing knew with Davis, because he suffered through three torn ACL’s from 2009 through 2011. Yet, in the past four seasons, he had at least a 100 tackles.

This season, he was selected to his first Pro Bowl. However, had to miss the game since the Panthers made the Super Bowl.

Davis has been with the Panthers since being drafted by the team in the 2005 NFL Draft with their first-round pick. The career Panther wants to help the team bring home its first Lombardi Trophy in a few days.

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