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Panthers LB Thomas Davis looks for chances to test surgically repaired arm

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short, defensive end Charles Johnson, tight end Greg Olsen, linebacker Thomas Davis, cornerback Josh Norman and linebacker Luke Kuechly (left to right) soak in the cheering and atmosphere during the Super Bowl Opening Night at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short, defensive end Charles Johnson, tight end Greg Olsen, linebacker Thomas Davis, cornerback Josh Norman and linebacker Luke Kuechly (left to right) soak in the cheering and atmosphere during the Super Bowl Opening Night at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Any chance Thomas Davis got an opportunity to bang his surgically repaired right arm at practice Monday, he did it.

The veteran linebacker, who practiced for the first time since breaking his forearm, once again guaranteed he’d play in Super Bowl 50.

“It was a light day but I took every opportunity that I could to bump it against something and really see how it feels,” Davis said. “All in all it was pretty good. I know it’s going to be different when you’re actually out there and things are live when we’re playing the game on Sunday, but at the same time for it to be my first opportunity to get back out there I really felt good.”

Davis said that “without a doubt,” he would be playing against the Broncos.

He broke his arm against the Cardinals more than a week ago and had surgery to repair it the following Monday. Dr. Patrick Connor, the head physician for the team, inserted a plate and more than 10 screws to fix the broken ulna bone.

Davis did not practice last week and is still limited in how much contact he can take.

In recent days, Davis has sought out linebackers coach Al Holcomb and grabbed him to prove his strength is still there.

“I’m confident in him,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “If he gets stronger and better as we go through the workweek, he’ll be ready to roll.”

Davis said he won’t wear a cast but instead referred to it as a hard brace. There’s more than one option on the table, too.

Davis originally planned to wear a brace made of Kevlar, but Monday night he said the Panthers’ training staff is testing out some new technology that he may wear Sunday.

Usually mid-week practices tell a lot about the health of a player for the game. Wednesday and Thursday’s practices would typically go a long way in determining Davis’ availability for the game.

But not this week.

“It ain’t gonna change nothing,” Davis said. “It’s not going to stop me from playing so it’s just another day.”

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