The Panthers are going to be without both their starting interior linemen today, with DT Damione Lewis and NT Maake Kemoeatu on the inactive list. Kemoeatu was closer to a return, but he needs another week to be ready for the playoffs, where a run-stopping presence is a requirement rather than a luxury.
That leaves the Panthers starting Darwin Walker and Nick Hayden, with J’Vonne Parker in reserve today.
They also deactivated: LB Adam Seward, S Quinton Teal, C-G Mackenzy Bernardeau, WRs Dwayne Jarrett and Kenny Moore and third QB Matt Moore.
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That means they gave a jersey to CB C.J. Wilson, figuring they'll be in dime often.
The Saints are going to be without both RB Pierre Thomas and TE Jeremy Shockey, meaning RB Deuce McAllister gets the start.