CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:   Thomas Davis #58 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after defeating the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Panthers trainer thought Thomas Davis’ season was over

It shouldn’t be all that surprising that Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is playing in Super Bowl 50 despite a broken arm.

After all, he’s come back from three ACL tears.

But Panthers head trainer Ryan Vermillion is surprised, at least he would have been if someone had told him that Davis would play in the Super Bowl when the injury happened during the NFC championship game two weeks ago.

“I remember saying to Mark, ‘I cannot believe this guy’s season is going to end right now,'” Vermillion said, according to He was talking to assistant Panthers trainer Mark Shermansky.

The Panthers had a comfortable lead over the Cardinals and seemed to be headed to the Super Bowl when Davis was hurt. As he went to the locker room after suffering the injury, Davis was determined to play in the Super Bowl.

A six-inch plate and a dozen or so screws later, Davis and his arm are ready to face the Broncos today.