DeShaun might have to Foster the load Sunday.

"They have been giving up a couple yards," DeShaun Foster said. "But you know this is a big game. They are going to be ready to stop the run."

The Carolina Panthers chances of going to the Super Bowl might rest with DeShaun Foster running ability. Foster might have to carry the load on Sunday if leading rusher Stephen Davis can't play.

Davis missed his second consecutive day of practice Thursday because of a strained left quadriceps and his playing status will be a game-day decision. Although he went to the practice field, he spent the session on the sidelines before retreating inside for almost two hours of treatment.

"This is very frustrating -- I've never been in this position before, in the NFC championship with a chance to go to the Super Bowl," Davis said. "The team has won before without me, but I want to be part of it."

The Panthers are confident in Foster, to carry the load and help them get to the Super Bowl

"When we drafted DeShaun, we drafted him to be a feature back," coach John Fox said. "I think he has tremendous abilities, as good as any back in the league. If for some reason Stephen can't go, and Lord willing he can, we feel totally comfortable with DeShaun Foster as our back."

The Panthers haven't missed a beat when Foster has had to step in for Davis this season. Davis was knocked out of the second half of a win over Indianapolis, and Foster ran for 85 yards on 16 carries. When Davis injured his quad in the second quarter of last week's playoff win over St. Louis, Foster again picked up the slack with a career-high 95 yards on 21 carries.

Foster knows the Eagles' run defense gave up 210 yards in their win over Green Bay on Sunday -- but expects them to be ready for either Carolina back.

"They have been giving up a couple yards," Foster said. "But you know this is a big game. They are going to be ready to stop the run."


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