Brown snagged four of seven targets for 113 yards and a score in Sunday's NFC championship win over Arizona.
The bulk of Brown's production came on a deep crosser late in the first quarter during which he shook the defender after the catch and rolled to an 86-yard touchdown. Sunday was Brown's first four-reception game of the season and it was also his first 100-yard game. His seven targets were, likewise, a season high but didn't come out of nowhere. Brown has been targeted at least five times in five of his last six games. As Sunday proved, Brown doesn't need many opportunities to put up big numbers.
Davis (forearm) will start in the Super Bowl according to head coach Ron Rivera, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.
Davis broke his forearm in the NFC Championship game and underwent surgery last Monday to repair it. He has been a participant in practice all week and it appears he'll be on the field with the first string defense on Sunday. He still could see his minutes monitored during the game.
Johnson managed just one limited practice last week, yet he turned a new leaf with his removal from the injury report to begin the final week of the season. After putting together a quiet campaign, he tallied a sack in both playoff games to date, marking his first sacks since Week 1.
McClain commenced last week with a limited practice, which he followed up with unhindered sessions Thursday and Friday. With the shackles of an injury designation off his shoulders, he'll look to replicate his tackle totals from the past three games, during which he accrued 21 stops (15 solo) and one interception.
Short (knee) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.
Short followed up limited showings in practice last week by avoiding the injury report entirely in advance of the Super Bowl. After racking up 13 sacks in 18 games (including playoffs this season), expect the third-year pro to play a key role in pressuring Peyton Manning (foot) on Sunday.
Stewart didn't log a single practice rep in the first week of Super Bowl prep, but upon his arrival in Santa Clara, CA, he's been given the all-clear to proceed as normal. Including the postseason, he's notched 1,178 yards at a clip of 4.2 YPC, while reaching the end zone nine times in 15 games. He'll attempt to keep up the pace Sunday against a staunch Broncos run defense that ranked third during the regular season.
Tolbert (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Tolbert took the week off following the NFC championship game to rest a knee injury, whose extent wasn't severe enough to impact his practice reps to start this week of prep. As long as he sustains his activity level, he'll be available as a short-yardage and goal-line option for the Panthers' varied rushing attack.
Unlike Jonathan Stewart (ankle), Whittaker actually made a limited showing in one practice last week, but clearly caution was exercised with the third-year pro. Nevertheless, Whittaker didn't make much of a splash during the regular season, and his lack of usage in the NFC championship game (just six of 72 offensive snaps) likely won't afford him many touches behind the workhorse that is Stewart.
Okafor (calf) is listed as active Sunday at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Okafor's recovery from a strained right calf has encompassed three games and the Cardinals' bye week, but he'll again provide a boost to the front seven. In his career, he's displayed modest pass-rushing chops, notching 10 sacks in 19 career games.