Davis recovering, still intent on playing in Super Bowl 50

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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. Coming back from three ligament surgeries on the same knee underscored that point in scar tissue.

One thing Davis won't do is practice this week.

All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning on his broken right forearm, but is expected to play in the Super Bowl on February 7. If there's a guy who knows how to rehab an injury it's Davis, and he was in high spirits in Thursday's post-practice locker room. After confirming that the initial prognosis is a broken arm, he said that he would be ready for Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos.

"It hurt, and it was painful", Davis said.

In that case, Andrew said Davis's arm should be braced, which will limit arm rotation.

"They were kind of picking on me and grabbing my arm and saying, you can't retaliate now, you can't do anything", Davis said, smiling. An injury like that keeps a vast majority of people out of a football game, but veteran linebacker vowed to play in the Super Bowl.

Having Davis still showing up like he has been has helped serve as a spark plug to the team that is already full of energy and passion. "It's not going to be something I'll think about one bit".

Somehow, despite all the injuries and setbacks and despite his advancing age - Davis is now 32 - he seems to have become a better player than he was even in the early stages of his career.

Even without Davis, the Panthers managed to finish the game with seven takeaways - six of those on defense. "I'm excited about where I am right now", Davis said Thursday.

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