Broncos vs Panthers: Tale of the (Foot Injury) Tape

Will heel pain or a broken foot prove to be a bigger obstacle to Superbowl victory?Now that we’re (almost) over the shock of the Broncos’ win over the Patriots, let’s talk about the injury situations the Panthers and Broncos will be facing in Superbowl 50.

First up, there’s the Broncos: as anyone who reads this blog will know, quarterback Peyton Manning has been dealing with plantar fasciitis all season. After defeating the Patriots to win his team a trip to San Francisco, he even admitted to defeated coach Bill Belichik, “"Hey, listen, this might my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure." It will be interesting to see how the heel pain affects this once (and still) great player in what is likely to be his final post-season appearance.  

Now, let’s look at the Panthers: Defensive end Jared Allen will not make a Superbowl appearance as he is recovering from a broken ankle, so that’s already a major bummer for the team. Compounding the loss of their star pass-rusher, the Panthers also must contend with ankle injuries to both their starting running back, Jonathan Stewart, and his backup, Fozzy Whittaker.

This late in the NFL season, teams are always starting to feel the pain of the constant impact on their feet and ankles, so it’s no surprise that Superbowl 50 may just be taken by the healthiest team. Who’s your money on? I say Broncos all the way: This one's for Peyton!!