A pair of important parts, one better known than the other, will be game-time decisions for the Panthers Thursday.
Running back Jonathan Stewart and right tackle Byron Bell are listed as questionable, and coach Ron Rivera said decisions would be made just before tomorrow night’s game against the Giants. Both are dealing with ankle injuries.
Stewart played last week and helped the Panthers to a breakout offensive game, but Bell might be as necessary this week.
The Giants’ pass rush hasn’t been as sharp as anticipated (they have just four sacks, and Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are still waiting for theirs), but the Panthers offensive line depth isn’t what it has been in previous years.
Backup guard Mike Pollak is out, while linebacker Thomas Davis (hamstring) and special teamer Colin Jones are also questionable for the game, while wide receiver Steve Smith, linebacker Jon Beason, center Ryan Kalil and wide receiver Kealoha Pilares are probable.