CHARLOTTE – Despite his best efforts and hopes, defensive end
Head coach Ron Rivera officially ruled Allen out Friday. Allen fractured his foot in the NFC Divisional Playoff versus Seattle and actually managed to participate in practice Thursday but didn't practice Friday. Rivera said the hope is that Allen could return if the Panthers advance to the Super Bowl with a victory Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals.
"That's the thought process behind it. If there's an opportunity, that would be great, especially for him," Rivera said. "He's very disappointed. He took it very hard, but we've got to look at this going forward as far as what's best for us as far as the team is concerned on Sunday night."
"Not happy, plain and simple. I'm ready to rock," Allen said. "Coaches' decision, and I have to live with it. I respect Coach, so I have to respect his decision.
"Hopefully, we can get this one knocked out and be ready for the Super Bowl. I'll support my guys and be the best cheerleader I can be this week."Running backs