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Carolina has scratched defensive end Greg Hardy from Sunday's season finale against New Orleans.
Hardy leads the Panthers with 11 sacks. He was not injured but excused from practices during the week for a family matter and was listed as questionable.
The Saints deactivated linebacker Scott Shanle, who concludes his seventh season with the club as a healthy scratch for the eighth straight game.
New Orleans' other inactives include starting cornerback Jabari Greer, who was ruled out Friday with a concussion, and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, who has a left knee injury.
Most of the Panthers' scratches are injured, including running back Jonathan Stewart with a left ankle injury, and center Geoff Hangartner with a foot injury.
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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is justifiably under scrutiny after failing.
He failed to make the playoffs.
He failed to manage a few key losses correctly.
He failed to help his superstar quarterback keep his emotions in check.
He failed to do what elite NFL coaches do.
Where does that leave him?
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Even though the Carolina Panthers finished strong this season, they’re expected to fire head coach Ron Rivera, according to Michael Lomnbardi of the NFL Network.
Also from @michaelombardi: Ron Rivera expected to be fired today. #blackmonday
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 31, 2012
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