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Nursing a broken foot, Jared Allen expected to start for Panthers in the Super Bowl

By Andrew Krammer

As long as his knee doesn’t hit the ground, Jared Allen may get to extend his calf-roping celebrations onto the NFL’s biggest stage.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters Friday that Allen and linebacker Thomas Davis are expected to start for the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers as they face the AFC Champion Denver Broncos on Sunday, marking Allen’s first Super Bowl appearance in his 12th NFL season.

Allen was forced to sit out the Panthers’ conference championship win over Arizona two weeks ago because of a broken foot suffered in a divisional round win against Seattle. Allen was chosen to break down the Panthers’ final practice of the season on Friday, and is expected to start on Sunday in the biggest stage of his career. Davis, one of the Panthers’ standout linebackers, is also expected to play through a broken right forearm suffered just two weeks ago against the Cardinals.

Allen, 33, has appeared in 13 games for the Panthers since a September trade sent him away from Chicago for a sixth-round pick. He played just over a season for the Bears following his exit from Minnesota, where he racked up 85.5 sacks in six seasons from 2008 to 2013.

A half or whole quarterback takedown on Sunday would move Allen into ninth by himself on the all-time sack list. He’s currently tied with Green Bay’s Julius Peppers with 136 career sacks.

He’s also making sure the Panthers arrive in style.

Jared Allen bought the whole d line Australian cowboy boots. pic.twitter.com/B1XY2vJJll

— Conor Orr (@ConorOrr) February 4, 2016

The post Nursing a broken foot, Jared Allen expected to start for Panthers in the Super Bowl appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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