SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – A linebacker for the Carolina Panthers could be the first NFL player to use a 3-D printed brace if he plays in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
CNET reported the brace was created for Thomas Davis, who suffered a broken right forearm during the Panthers NFC Championship win against the Arizona Cardinals.READ MORE: UPDATE: Investigation Underway Into Fatal Freeway Shooting On I-580 In Oakland
Whiteclouds, a 3-D printing company, teamed up with 3D Elite, which manufactures braces and casts for athletes. Using a 3-D scan of the Davis’ arm, the brace was designed, engineered and printed in a span of less than 48 hours. Davis was spotted wearing the brace and has been practicing with the team this week at San Jose State University.READ MORE: COVID: Bay Area Health Officials, Schools Prepare To Vaccinate Kids 5-11 As Authorization Looms
Davis already underwent surgery to have metal plate and a dozen screws placed in his arm.MORE NEWS: COVID: Muni To Suspend 'Short' Line Service Citing Vaccine Mandate Staffing Issues
According to the NFL Network, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera announced Friday that Davis would start.