CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says defensive end Jared Allen has been ruled out for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals with a foot injury.
Kony Ealy will start in his place.
Allen expressed frustration over the decision as he walked out of the locker room, saying he was "disappointed" and feels healthy enough to play.
Rivera says it was a difficult decision, saying Allen is a "warrior."
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2016, file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs by Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen (69) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers problem this season hasnâ€™t been building big leads, it has been keeping them. Four times this season the Panthers have held leads of 17 points or more in the second half, only to watch an opponent come storming back. All four times the Panthers have escaped with wins, but far too often it has been too close for comfort. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
Allen broke a bone in his foot in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 31-24 win over Seattle last Sunday.
Allen practiced on Thursday raising some hope that he might play.
Rivera he's hoping Allen would be ready to play in two weeks in the Super Bowl if Carolina were to win Sunday.
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