CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Saints running back Khiry Robinson, center Jonathan Goodwin, wide receiver Nick Toon and rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste round out the team’s inactives for Thursday night’s game at Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium.
Robinson (forearm) and Goodwin (knee/ankle) are hurt. Toon and Jean-Baptiste are healthy scratches. This is the seventh time 2012 fourth-round draft pick Toon is inactive this season. And it’s the fourth time second-round draft choice Jean-Baptiste is inactive this season.
The Saints (3-4) had already ruled out running back Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder), linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) and fullback Austin Johnson (knee) ahead of Sunday.
Robinson and Goodwin each missed the Green Bay game for the Saints but were limited in practice all week.
Thomas had 336 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns before hurting himself in a defeat at Detroit on Oct. 19 and then sitting out the Saints’ win at home over Green Bay on Sunday night.
Hawthorne will miss the Carolina game after he had an interception against Green Bay, which was his first pick since joining the Saints in 2012. Starting in his place will be linebacker Ramon Humber, whose major contribution against Green Bay was ensuring the Saints recovered a surprise onside kick relatively early in the game.
Johnson has played at fullback in all seven of the Saints’ games this season. He didn’t practice ahead of Carolina (3-4-1) and will be replaced in the line-up by Erik Lorig, who appeared in his first game for the Saints against Green Bay.
Lorig came to the Saints this offseason after spending four years in Tampa Bay, but he missed the team’s first six contests because of an ankle he hurt in an intrasquad scrimmage in West Virginia on Aug. 2.
Notable actives for the Saints include questionable players such as tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) and linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle). Another notable active is undrafted rookie linebacker Todd Davis, who was promoted from the practice squad on Thursday afternoon.
While they’re down two running backs in Robinson and Thomas, the good news for the Saints is that leading rusher Mark Ingram tops the NFL in yards per carry (5.7); and he’s scored four touchdowns, which is tied for first on the team. Also, backup Travaris Cadet did adequately against Green Bay filling in for Thomas in third-down situations, where running backs frequently are in pass protection or running routes.
A third active running back is Edwin Baker, who was promoted from the practice squad prior to the Green Bay game.
For the Panthers, wide receiver Philly Brown, safety Thomas DeCoud, cornerback Bene Benwikere, running back Fozzy Whittaker, guard Amini Silatolu, guard Trai Turner and tackle Byron Bell are inactive. All are hurt.
A notable active player for the Panthers is veteran running back DeAngelo Williams, who has missed the previous seven games with an ankle injury but was listed as probable.