Jared Allen says he’s ready to go for the Super Bowl

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17: Jared Allen #69 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the second quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Charles Tillman, Greg Olsen and Ron Rivera aren’t the only ex-Bears now with the Panthers in the Super Bowl, Jared Allen thinks he can make a difference for the team.

Allen, who spent slightly more than one injury-plagued season with the Bears, is coming off a foot injury that prevented him from playing in the NFC championship game. However, the defensive end told reporters at Super Bowl Opening Night that he’s ready to go.

from Pro Football Talk:

Allen described himself as 100 percent ready to go, at Super Bowl Opening Night, suggesting that the foot injury that kept him out of the NFC Championship Game is no longer a hindrance. He also said that he’s feeling amped up for the game and expecting to have an impact in pressuring Broncos quarterbackPeyton Manning.

For all of Allen’s confidence, his coach isn’t yet convinced. Rivera said he needs to see Allen perform during a full week of practice before he would be ready to put him on the field.

After signing with the Bears before the 2014 season, Allen played in 18 games for the Bears before being traded to Carolina after Week 3. In his 12 games with the Panthers, Allen totaled two sacks and 15 tackles. Allen thanked the Bears for giving him the opportunity to play for a Super Bowl team.

Fortunately for Allen, he will only be trying to chase down Peyton Manning and not Cam Newton. The defensive end said one of the biggest parts of trying to tackle Newton is trying not to get embarrassed.

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