Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen was added to the injury report Wednesday during the team’s first Super Bowl practice. But Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it was more about letting Allen rest his injured foot than a signal that his status could be in question Sunday against Denver.
“Jared’s was really about rest,” Rivera told a pool reporter. “He’s been going full-blast since we started, and the doctors wanted to just make sure. So he earned the rest.”
Allen broke a bone in his foot in the divisional-round win against Seattle and sat out the NFC Championship Game against Arizona. He was not on the injury report last week during the practices in Charlotte, and was listed as limited Wednesday.
Linebacker Thomas Davis (broken forearm) and fullback Mike Tolbert (knee) were full participants. Davis plans to play with a brace on his right arm, which will be re-examined Friday.
“When the doctors say he’s 100 percent, I’ll go with it,” Rivera said.
The Panthers (17-1) practiced for 75 minutes on the grass field at San Jose State, while the Broncos (14-4) were at Stanford for their practice. As they did in Charlotte, the Panthers practiced with piped-in noise.
Quarterback Cam Newton was sharp as he prepares for his first Super Bowl appearance: None of his passes hit the ground during team drills.
“That’s our quarterback,” Rivera said. “The interesting thing is that he builds onto it as the week progresses. He was sharp today, but wait until you see him Thursday and Friday.”