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

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Panthers LB Thomas Davis Suffers Broken Arm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning on his broken right forearm, but is expected to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

"My understanding is if everything goes well it is something he can mostly certainly play with," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday. "So we are excited about that possibility."

Rivera did not know which forearm bone Davis broke.

He said the 11-year NFL veteran may need to wear a brace on his arm similar to the one worn by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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Davis 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 Super Bowl in about two weeks.

Rivera said if anybody can play through the pain, it would be Davis, who has battled back from three torn ACLs in the same knee to play at an All-Pro level.

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"He said (he was going to play) with the same type of sincerity he said to me when he told me he was coming back from the third ACL," Rivera said. "There is something about his conviction and I think that's what makes him who he is today. So I have no doubt that as long as everything continues to heal the way it's supposed to, he'll be out there."

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Darren Fells #85 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball for a touchdown as Kurt Coleman #20 of the Carolina Panthers attempts to tackle him in the fourth quarter during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with Mike Tolbert #35 after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Chris Clemons #29 of the Arizona Cardinals tackles Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts in the second half against the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Kevin Minter #51 of the Arizona Cardinals tackles Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with teammates on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with teammates on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers is doused with Gatorade by Charles Johnson #95 and Cam Newton #1 after the Carolina Panthers defeat the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 in the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers hugs with Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals after the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 to win the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 to win the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 to win the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 to win the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Players were not made available for comment on Monday.

Davis' wife posted an Instagram photo of her husband wearing a hospital shower cap on Monday and thanked well-wishers.

Davis said after the game Sunday he planned to play in the Super Bowl.

"It hurt. It was painful," Davis said Sunday. "At the same time I believe in our training staff and I believe in the process. If it is at all possible I know they are going to get me back and I will do my part to make sure I'm ready."

Davis was dominant early in the NFC title game recording six tackles, including two for losses. He had several jarring hits that set the tone for the Panthers to build a 17-0 lead.

But he broke his forearm while trying to break up a pass in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room for observations. He returned to the sideline in the second half wearing a sling on his right arm.

Even without Davis, the Panthers managed to finish the game with seven takeaways - six of those on defense. They forced Carson Palmer into four interceptions and forced two fumbles in an impressive defensive performance.

When asked what makes him believe he can play with a broken arm, Davis replied, "I believe in me."

"This is something that if it comes down to a pain tolerance and playing through it, I will be there. I guarantee to you."

Davis' teammates praised his toughness and said it's hard to imagine anyone trying to tell him he couldn't play in his first Super Bowl after spending his entire career trying to reach this pinnacle.

"I don't put it past Thomas playing," defensive tackle Kawann Short said. "Three ACLs, broken fingers. It hasn't stopped him before. I think they will have to take all of his jerseys away - all five of them, and even the ones at home."

Rivera said safety Roman Harper is scheduled to see an eye doctor soon after being forced to leave the game on Sunday. The fifth-year coach said he won't have any more information on his status until after the meeting.

The coach also said All-Pro center Ryan Kalil's knee is "fine" after leaving two series in the first half Sunday. Kalil returned in the second half to finish the game.

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