With two players officially out for Sunday’s game against the Packers, Carolina coach Ron Rivera will have some difficult decisions for his inactive list.
Seven players who appeared on this week’s injury report are listed as probable for the game, but defensive end Mario Addison could see his status change this weekend.
Addison has said this week that he’s still experiencing pain in his injured shoulder. He’s been a full participant at practice, but he told the Observer on Thursday that he’s been out there trying to keep his conditioning up and noted that he hasn’t practiced in full pads.
“He knows better than I do. I’m just going along with what it says – probable,” Rivera said. “But remember, probable still means a little bit of doubt. You just never know.
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“The truth of the matter is the only one who really knows is Mario. He’s been out there. He’s been running around. He’s been doing stuff.”
Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and left guard Andrew Norwell are out for the game. Norwell will be replaced in the starting lineup by Amini Silatolu.
Linebacker Shaq Thompson is expected to return to action for the first time since spraining his knee against Seattle three weeks ago. Cornerback Josh Norman (illness) was a full participant at practice for a second straight day.
Tight end Ed Dickson (hamstring), center Ryan Kalil (ankle), center Fernando Velasco (shoulder) and cornerback Teddy Williams (illness) were full participants Friday and are all listed as probable.