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October 24, 2013

Thomas inactive, White to start at CB

Five days after he was benched during the second half of a win against St. Louis, Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas was inactive for Thursday's game at Tampa Bay.

Thomas missed Tuesday's practice with an illness, but he practiced Wednesday and was listed as probable.

Undrafted rookie Melvin White is expected to get his first career start in place of Thomas, who gave up two deep passes against the Rams -- one of which was negated by a penalty.

Thomas also was beaten deep twice in a Week 1 loss to Seattle, including on Russell Wilson's game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Second-year corner Josh Norman is active for the first time since a Week 3 victory against the Giants, when he played mostly special teams. Norman has been in the doghouse since he blew a coverage on the game-winning touchdown in Week 2 at Buffalo.

The Panthers' other inactives included defensive tackles Sione Fua and Dwan Edwards, running back Armond Smith, tight end Brandon Williams, and young wideouts Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King.

As expected, Bucs leading rusher Doug Martin is inactive with a torn labrum.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 24, 2013 at 07:14 PM | Permalink


the caveat is always left off that 1 of those deep passes thomas was supposed to have a safety over top who wasn't there.

munnerlyn is playing balls out right now. pretty incredible how many guys have been brought in over the years to take his spot and he just keeps being the guy.

good to see norman active, but man......he went from starting to being behind munnerlyn, thomas, florence, moore before he got cut, and white? talk about the joe adams treatment.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 25, 2013 4:12:07 PM

Illness my ass. They were just tired of seeing this dude getting burned all game !!!

Posted by: nasty704 | Oct 25, 2013 7:01:32 PM

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