Panthers make it close, but it’s costly

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The Panthers continue to hang around against the Saints, but they may run out of guys.

They’ve lost two starters for the game already, and may have lost a third just before the half, as they were cutting the Saints lead to 17-15.

The Panthers have had defensive tackle Dontari Poe (knee) and left guard Greg Van Roten (toe) carted off, and announced as out for the rest of the day. Then on a failed two-point conversion, wide receiver D.J. Moore came up grabbing his arm after falling to the ground.

The Panthers could ill afford losing any of those guys, in a season marked by injuries to former MVP Cam Newton along with merely great players like Kawann Short.

The Saints ran out to a 14-0 lead, but the Panthers answered with a 51-yard touchdown to Moore, followed by Christian McCaffrey being fed often, and catching a wide-open touchdown pass just before the half.