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Panthers CB Charles Tillman, DE Mario Addison declared out for Sunday vs. Saints

Carolina Panthers defensive end Mario Addison (97) will miss Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with an ankle injury.
Carolina Panthers defensive end Mario Addison (97) will miss Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with an ankle injury. AP

The Carolina Panthers will face the New Orleans Saints without starting cornerback Charles Tillman and edge pass-rusher Mario Addison, both of whom were ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Every other player is listed as probable for the Panthers (11-0), who will try to keep their undefeated season intact against the Saints (4-7) in the Superdome.

The news on Tillman and Addison was expected: Neither had practiced this week.

Tillman will miss his third consecutive game with a hyperextended right knee. Addison sprained his right ankle in last week’s win at Dallas.

With the possibility that Tillman could miss additional games, the Panthers signed veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan to a one-year deal this week.

Finnegan will play nickel back along with Colin Jones, although Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Finnegan would be on a limited snap count. Finnegan will play exclusively in the slot, with Teddy Williams serving as the third outside corner behind starters Josh Norman and Bené Benwikere.

“We brought Cortland in to have him start at one position initially and eventually he may work himself on the outside,” Rivera said Friday. “But right now we’re trying to get him focused on the inside.”

The nickel position takes on added importance against the Saints, whose leading receiver, Brandin Cooks, aligns primarily in the slot. Five of Cooks’ seven catches in the Week 3 matchup against the Panthers came against nickel backs or linebackers.

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