Panthers defensive end Allen out of NFC title game


Jared Allen will not be suiting up for Sunday's title game and is not happy about it.

Coach Ron Rivera announced on Friday that the Carolina Panthers defensive end has been ruled out for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals after suffering a broken right foot in the last Sunday's divisional win over the Seattle Seahawks.

"Not happy, plain and simple. I'm ready to rock," Allen is quoted as saying by the Charlotte Observer. "Coach's decision, gotta live with it."

Allen played the entire game against Seattle and it was not immediately clear on which play the injury occurred.

An MRI on Monday confirmed a fracture in his right foot and he sat out practice on Wednesday, though he did then participate in workouts on a limited basis on Thursday.

Despite the injury, Allen believes he is healthy enough to take on the NFL's top-ranked offense.

"It's coach's call," he added. "I respect coach, so I've got to respect his decision. It is what it is.

"Broke is broke. That's all questions for the doc. I just know I do what I do, get ready, [and it is] coach's decision.

"He made a decision. I've got to live with it and support my guys and be the best cheerleader I can be this week."

Rivera did acknowledge that Allen would have a chance to play if the Panthers advance to the Super Bowl. Should Carolina beat Arizona, the veteran would have two weeks to rest up for a first Super Bowl appearance in his 12-year career.

"I'll be ready to go," Allen said. "So hopefully we can get this one knocked out and be ready for the Super Bowl."

The Panthers will turn to second-year defensive end Kony Ealy to start in Allen's place opposite Charles Johnson.