Coach Ron Rivera said it was a tough decision, but one he made with the team’s best interest in mind. Allen was not pleased. “Not happy, plain and simple. I’m ready to rock,” Allen said. “Coach’s decision, gotta live with it.”
Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen has waited 12 years to play in a Super Bowl.
But he won’t have a hand in whether the Panthers make it this year.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he’s holding Allen out of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against Arizona after Allen broke a small bone in his right foot last week against Seattle.
Rivera said it was a tough decision, but one he made with the team’s best interest in mind.
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Allen was not pleased.
“Not happy, plain and simple. I’m ready to rock,” Allen said. “Coach’s decision, gotta live with it.”
Allen practiced on a limited basis Thursday, but Rivera told him Friday morning he wouldn’t play against the Cardinals. Second-year defensive end Kony Ealy will get the start opposite Charles Johnson. Ryan Delaire will be active.
Allen believes he’s healthy enough that he would have been effective against Arizona, the NFL’s top-ranked offense.
“A hundred percent. But it’s coach’s call,” he said. “I respect coach, so I’ve got to respect his decision. It is what it is.”
Allen is confident he can play in the Super Bowl if the Panthers beat Arizona.
“I’ll be ready to go,” he said.
• San Francisco coach Chip Kelly said he’s looking for an assortment of ideas and backgrounds on offense, and he’s getting that in his new offensive coordinator, Curtis Modkins. Kelly decided on Modkins, 45, to help him run his offense. Modkins has been the running-backs coach in Buffalo and most recently Detroit. In both places, he favored a running backs-by-committee approach — Marshawn Lynch was one of his rushers with the Bills — and was well versed in power running. Kelly, who will call the plays for San Francisco, favored zone-blocking schemes with the Eagles.
In other 49ers news, Fox Sports reported that Kelly has decided not to retain defensive coordinator Eric Mangini.
• The Chicago Bears have hired Dave Ragone as quarterbacks coach.
• New England’s Danny Amendola has been fined $23,152 for a blindside block during a punt in the Patriots’ playoff victory over Kansas City.
• Cleveland announced the addition of defensive coordinator Ray Horton, a former UW player from Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, and 10 other assistants.
• Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley promoted defensive-line coach Todd Wash to defensive coordinator.
• New England listed 21 players on their final injury report before Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against Denver.
Receiver Julian Edelman (foot) and tight end Rob Gronkowski are among the 16 listed as questionable.
• Houston hired Larry Izzo, a former Seahawk, as special-teams coordinator, Sean Ryan to coach wide receivers and Anthony Weaver as defensive line coach.
• The authority that runs O.co Coliseum will meet behind closed doors Monday to discuss how it will approach a lease extension for the Oakland Raiders, providing further indication that the team is staying put for at least one more season.
• Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1999 torture killings of two brothers and the 2001 slaying of another man.