Panthers Title Game in Question Thanks to Broken Foot

A broken foot may keep Jared Allen and the Panthers from the Super BowlThe Carolina Panthers took down the Seattle Seahawks in last Sunday’s playoff match-up, but the win came at a cost: defensive end Jared Allen (who is currently the NFL’s career sack leader) broke his foot, and is now unlikely to compete in this weekend’s NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals.

After Allen got an MRI of the injury, his coach, Ron Rivera said, “"For the most part, it's going to be a day-by-day [issue], and we'll see how he is by the end of the week. He will be listed as doubtful. As he reacts to it, hopefully we'll know going forward.”

While it’s certainly good news that Allen’s fracture didn’t need to be operated on right away, I can’t imagine a world in which it would be safe to play professional football just one week after breaking your foot.

I understand when Coach Rivera says of Allen, “"If there is a glimmer of hope that he can play, I promise you he'll probably try to play…He's going to want to be right in the middle of it. He's going to want to be a part of it and help us," but I hope that, in the end, the injured star sees the bigger picture.

Yes, this is his first play-off run in 12 years, but if he isn’t smart about resting his injury, it could also be the last game of his career. Playing hurt—no matter how big the game—is always a bad idea. If you want to recover from an athletic injury without sacrificing your future in sports, come see Dr. Andrew Schneider, a sports podiatrist who will put your safety first.