RB Stewart inactive for Panthers against Saints

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is inactive for Sunday’s

crucial NFC South showdown against the New Orleans Saints, a game

that could determine the division title and who gets a first-round

bye in the playoffs.

There are no surprise inactives for either team.

Stewart had been ruled out earlier in the week, but coach Ron

Rivera is hoping the former first-round draft pick will be back for

the playoffs.

Also inactive for the Panthers are wide receivers Marvin McNutt

and Tavarres King, offensive tackle Travis Bond, defensive end Wes

Horton, linebacker Dan Connor and cornerback Josh Norman.

Inactive for the Saints are quarterback Ryan Griffin, running

back Travaris Cadet, wide receiver Nick Toon, tight end Josh Hill,

defensive end Tom Johnson, linebacker Keyunta Dawson and safety

Rafael Bush.