And then there were two.
After a 2015 NFL season filled with excitement, drama, disappointment, and plenty of controversy, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos find themselves the only ones left standing. As fans of the game, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
On Sunday, February 7, the top seeds from both the NFC and the AFC will face off in Super Bowl 50 — at Levi’s Stadium for Super Bowl 50 — with the chance at immortality on the line. Of course, that doesn’t mean that either of these two clubs will be at full strength.
Given the physical nature of the sport, players were bound to suffer a setbacks on the road to the game’s biggest stage. Therefore, as we brace ourselves for the upcoming Super Bowl, let’s take a look at the four most serious injuries from this past weekend’s conference championship games.
1. Darian Stewart, safety, Denver Broncos
Injury: Sprained MCL
Thanks to a ferocious — and historically dominant — defense, the Denver Broncos took down Tom Brady and the defending champion New England Patriots 20-18 in the AFC title game, earning a much-deserved spot in Super Bowl 50. Unfortunately, not everyone on the defensive side of the ball managed to come out of the affair unscathed. Safety Darian Stewart, who picked off Brady in the second quarter, suffered a sprained MCL. While Stewart is currently listed as questionable, the 27-year-old insists he will be ready to go for the Super Bowl.
2. Roman Harper, safety, Carolina Panthers
Injury: Eye injury
Despite securing a spot in Super Bowl 50 after manhandling the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, not everything went the Carolina Panthers’ way. Safety Roman Harper injured his eye in the game’s second quarter and was unable to return. That being said, according to ESPN’s David Newton, Harper has no intention of letting the injury keep him out of the biggest game of the year.
3. T.J. Ward, safety, Denver Broncos
Injury: Ankle injury
Darian Stewart was not the only Broncos safety to suffer an injury during the AFC Championship Game, as the hard-hitting T.J. Ward sustained an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Don’t worry, Denver fans. Like his teammate, Ward will not let the injury keep him from playing in the Super Bowl.
4. Thomas Davis, linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Injury: Broken arm
While most people would be hampered by a broken arm, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is not most people. Despite suffering the aforementioned injury to his right forearm in the NFC Championship Game, the All-Pro is adamant that he will be suiting up at Super Bowl 50.”I ain’t missing the Super Bowl,” said Davis. “You better believe that. … The early prognosis is it’s broken. We’ll get it figured out, and I’ll be ready in two weeks.” That’s good enough for us.