Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/16/12
  The Panthers will certainly need all decks on hand when they welcome the New Orleans Saints to town on Sunday. Currently, the team has several key players on the fence for this critical Week 2 matchup. Offense: Running back Jonathan Stewart, who was sorely missed against the Buccaneers last Sunday, remains questionable with an ankle sprain. Wide receiver Steve Smith is also listed as questionable with a knee injury. However, Smith and Stewart were full participants in Friday’s practice and all signs point to both players being available against the Saints. Defense: Defensive end Greg Hardy and defensive tackle Frank Kearse were both added to the injury report on Saturday morning, according to the Charlotte Observer. Hardy, who was listed as probable on Friday, was downgraded to questionable as he continues to fight a stomach illness that he contracted earlier this week. Kearse is also suffering from an illness, although it’s unclear if he's suffering from the same bug as Hardy.
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