Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, a former Georgia star, had to leave Sunday’s 49-15 NFC Championship Game rout of the Arizona Cardinals with a broken right arm — but he said he’ll be back for the February 7 Super Bowl.
The injury came when Davis tried to tackle Arizona tight end Daniel Fells, who had jumped into the air. Fells’ knee rammed into Davis’ arm.
Davis met with the media Sunday night and seemed confident that Sunday wouldn’t be his final game of the season.
“I’ll be back,” he told the media. “I’ll be ready to go. I can guarantee that. I’m not missing the Super Bowl.”
Davis — who starred at safety for Georgia safety — knows about returning from injuries. From 2009-11, Davis played in only nine total games because he tore his ACL three times during those years.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he believes Davis will be able to play on Super Bowl Sunday.
“He told me he’s going to be ready, so we’ll see,” Rivera told the media. “Knowing him, I don’t doubt any word that he says. If he says he’s going to be ready, he’ll be ready.”
Davis was not the only Panthers starter from an SEC school to leave the game early. Veteran safety Roman Harper, an Alabama alum, left the game with an eye injury after a teammate hit him in the head while making a tackle. Like Davis, Harper feels good about his chances to play in the Super Bowl.
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