Carolina Panthers running back Stephen Davis hasn't practiced since last weekend's NFC Championship Game, but he said that's not an indication of his status for Super Bowl XXXVIII, and he will be 100 percent by kickoff.
"I'm feeling great, man, I feel a lot better than I felt last week. Getting better every day," said Davis.
Coaches didn't know if Davis would play last Sunday because of a strained left quadriceps muscle until a few hours before game time. He had 19 carries for 76 yards.
There was no question in Davis mind that he wouldn't have played against the Eagles in his first NFC Championship Game.
"There was no way," he said. "I did everything I possibly could to get myself well enough so I could go out there and play. When I was running for the coaches I was kind of worried. I did a pretty good job and proved to them I could run and be effective if I was used in the game."
Davis expects to begin practicing next week in Houston as the Panthers begin their final week of preparation.
"I'll get right back into the flow," Davis said. "I'm feeling better than I felt last weekend. Hopefully I can practice next week with the team, and I can get myself prepared the way I've been doing all season."