Running back Khiry Robinson is back in the Saints’ line-up for Sunday’s home game against Carolina after missing the previous six contests with a forearm injury.
Robinson (64 carries for 330 yards and two touchdowns this seasons) will be joining Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Travaris Cadet at running back for the Saints, who are 5-7 and will be trying to beat Carolina a second time this season.
The Saints announced Sunday that their inactive players are wide receiver Robert Meachem, cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, nose tackle Lawrence Virgil, offensive tackle Nick Becton, linebacker Moise Fokou, guard Senio Kelemete and cornerback Terrence Frederick. All are healthy, though Meachem missed the previous four games after being listed on the injury report with an ankle issue.
For the Panthers (3-8-1), inactive are cornerback James Dockery, running back DeAngelo Williams, safety Robert Lester, linebacker Horace Miller, offensive tackle David Foucault, guard Aminu Silatolu and defensive tackle Micanor Regis.
Silatolu (knee) and Williams (knee) were listed on the injury report.
A notable active for the Panthers is tight end Greg Olsen, who was questionable because of a knee injury. Olsen is among the best in the NFL at his position, and he has 61 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns this season.
The Saints and Panthers kick off at noon. New Orleans would win its division without relying on tie breakers and host a playoff game if the Saints win the four games remaining on their schedule, including Sunday’s.