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September 16, 2012

Smith, Stewart are active for the Panthers

The Panthers will be close to full strength today against New Orleans.

WR Steve Smith (knee) and RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), both of whom were listed as questionable, are active and expected to play.

Smith took a shot to the knee against Tampa Bay, and was limited at practice for much of the week. Stewart has not played since twisting his ankle in the third exhibition against the Jets on Aug. 26.

DT Frank Kearse, who became sick late in the week with a bug that affected a couple of other defensive linemen, leads the Panthers' list of inactives. DE Greg Hardy, who also missed time with an illness, is active.

The other inactives: QB Jimmy Clausen, S D.J. Campbell, T Bruce Campbell, LB Kenny Onatolu, TE Ben Hartsock and G/C Mike Pollak, who has a shoulder injury.

Onatolu, one of the Panthers' top special teams players, was gone most of the week following the death of his mother.

The Saints' inactives: WR Devery Henderson, RB Chris Ivory, CB Johnny Patrick, RB Travaris Cadet, DT Tyrunn Walker, T Bryce Harris and DE Turk McBride.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

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