The Carolina Panthers’ pursuit of a 16-0 regular season fell by the wayside, but they’re still one win away from securing home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
But they won’t be at full strength when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers will hold Pro Bowl RB Jonathan Stewart and his bum foot out for the third consecutive week. Deep threat WR Ted Ginn Jr. is doubtful with a knee injury, and RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) won’t play. MVP frontrunner and Pro Bowl TE Greg Olsen may again have to shoulder much of the offensive workload and hope WRs Jerricho Cotchery, Devin Funchess and Corey Brown can contribute along with RBs Mike Tolbert and Cameron Artis-Payne.