CHARLOTTE, N.C. — All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning on his broken right forearm but is expected to play Feb. 7 in Super Bowl 50.
"My understanding is if everything goes well it is something he can mostly certainly play with," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday. "So we are excited about that possibility."
Rivera did not know which forearm bone Davis broke.
He said the 11-year NFL veteran might need to wear a brace on his arm similar to the one worn by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Davis broke his arm in the second quarter of Carolina's 49-15 win over Arizona in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Davis said after the game he fully expected to play in the Super Bowl.
Players were not made available for comment on Monday.
Davis' wife posted an Instagram photo of her husband wearing a hospital shower cap on Monday and thanked well-wishers.
No blame game: Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski's missed extra point after New England's first touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game turned out to be pivotal.
The miss left the Patriots needing to convert on a two-point conversion after closing to within two points in the final seconds. They failed.
But there was no finger-pointing from the Patriots on Monday.
"Steve's a great kicker, he had a great year for us," coach Bill Belichick said. "I think every player, coach and participant in the game wishes there was a couple things they could have done differently. I feel that way. Everybody I've talked to feels that way."
Also, New England fired offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo on Monday, NFL Network reported.
Pro Bowl additions: Three Vikings — safety Harrison Smith, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and linebacker Anthony Barr — and three Bills — quarterback Tyrod Taylor, center Eric Wood and guard Richie Incognito — were added to the Pro Bowl as replacements, either for Super Bowl-bound players or injured players. Others added for Sunday's game in Honolulu were Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant and fullback Patrick DiMarco, Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey and tight end Delanie Walker, Dolphins safety Reshad Jones and cornerback Brent Grimes, Browns tight end Gary Barnidge, Packers linebacker Julius Peppers and Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil,
Ratings: Sunday's AFC title game drew its second-largest television audience on record. Denver's down-to-the-wire win over New England averaged 53.3 million viewers on CBS. The network said only the 2011 Steelers-Jets matchup, at 54.9 million, drew more, and that was in a later time slot. CBS' records go back to 1978. In the NFC matchup, the Panthers and Cardinals drew 45.7 million viewers on Fox, up from the 42.1 million for New England's blowout of Indianapolis in the late slot a year ago.
Al Davis case: A federal appeals court ruled against the late Al Davis, the Raiders owner, and wife Carol in a fight with the IRS over about $2.5 million in tax assessments. The court ruled the assessments for 1990, 1992 and 1995 were valid, though the IRS breached a contract with Al Davis. The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling.
Jurisprudence: Police said former quarterback Vince Young was arrested on charges of drunken driving in Austin, Texas, where he once starred at the University of Texas. Travis County jail records showed that Young, 32, was booked shortly after midnight Monday on a misdemeanor charge. His bail was set at $2,000. … Police recommended felony charges of vehicular assault and hit-and-run against Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman for an October car crash after which he acknowledged smoking synthetic marijuana. There was no timeline given on when the King County Prosecutor's Office might decide.
Eagles: Starting tight end Zach Ertz signed a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season. The deal reportedly is worth $42.5 million with $20 million guaranteed.