The Carolina Panthers may be without starters Damione Lewis (shoulder) and Maake Kemoeatu (ankle) this weekend, meaning that they would have to go with Darwin Walker, Nick Hayden, and J'Vonne Parker, who was signed from Atlanta's practice squad.
Hayden and Parker are two unproven inexperienced players who will have their hands full against Saints running back Pierre Thomas. Lewis is listed as doubtful, and Kemoeatu is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at New Orleans.
Kemoeatu is hoping that he'll play Sunday, but for now, he doesn't know.
The Panthers will have a chance to wrap up the NFC South, and also earn a first-round bye. The Panthers will be division champs if they beat the Saints or if the Falcons lose. The Panthers' defense has to step up and play throughout the whole game—instead of playing good for well one half.