New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux again was sidelined Thursday night, the seventh time this season that Breaux has been inactive while dealing with the recovery of the left fibula that he broke in the season opener.
After missing six games, Breaux returned to the lineup against San Francisco on Nov. 6 and recorded two tackles, then started Sunday against Denver and was credited with six tackles in the 25-23 loss in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
But he was out for Thursday's short-week game, the nationally televised contest against Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Breaux did not practice this week and was listed as questionable entering the game.
Without Breaux, the likely starters at cornerback will be Sterling Moore, who also returned to the lineup against San Francisco after missing two games due to an abdominal injury, and B.W. Webb. Moore started against Denver and had five tackles, an interception and two passes defensed.
Also, the Saints were without left tackle Terron Armstead on Thursday night. Armstead has been battling a left knee/quadriceps injury all season and only has been able to make five starts this season. For the Saints, that means Andrus Peat again will start at left tackle and Senio Kelemete likely is the fill-in starter at left guard, replacing Peat.
Running back Marcus Murphy is active for the Saints, likely replacing Travaris Cadet as the Saints' primary returner vs. the Panthers. Murphy has been inactive since Week 3, against Atlanta. Last year against Carolina in Bank of America, he returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown.