The Carolina Panthers have some significant names on their inactive list -- although running back DeAngelo Williams is not among them. Williams, the league's fifth-ranked rusher, missed practice on Wednesday and Friday with a knee injury and was listed as questionable. However, his fullback, Brad Hoover (ankle) is inactive. Tony Fiammetta will take Hoover's place.
Carolina is hardest hit on defense. Starting safety Charles Godfrey and second-string tackle Nick Hayden are both inactive on top of the loss of starting linebacker Thomas Davis (ACL), who was lost for the season last Sunday.
In a Wednesday conference call, Panthers Head Coach John Fox and starting linebacker Jon Beason both complimented the job that rookie Sherrod Martin has done the last two games in place of Godfrey (ankle). Martin, who played at Troy, is from Griffin, Ga.