Nobody's doubting the superiority of the Broncos' defense, which batteredTom Brady all day long in Denver. However, a Ward-less secondary was exposed by tight end Rob Gronkowski up the seams late in Sunday's contest. Having the safety healthy going into the Super Bowl protects against a copycat performance from Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.
In other injury news Tuesday:
- The optimism around Thomas Davis' return to the Panthers' starting lineup is palpable. After breaking his arm during the NFC Championship Game, the Carolina linebacker guaranteed that he would play in the Super Bowl. On Tuesday, coach Ron Rivera said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Davis is "healing up nicely. We'll see how he is at the end of the week, but I would not bet against Thomas Davis."