CHARLOTTE -- Defensive tackle Kawann Short (calf) is doubtful for Monday night's game against the Saints.
Head coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers won't know until Monday morning whether Short will be available. The injury occurred during Thursday's practice and Short hasn't participated since.
"We'll have to wait and see on this one," Rivera said.
Short, a former Pro Bowler, has started every game this season, posting three sacks and 38 tackles. If he can't play, defensive tackle Vernon Butler will have a role to play after being among the inactives each of the last two weeks. Defensive end Wes Horton would also get more time inside.
Kicker Graham Gano (knee) is out for the second consecutive week, meaning Chandler Catanzaro will again step in and handle kicking duties.
Linebacker Thomas Davis was absent on Saturday for personal reasons.
The Panthers lead the all-time series against the Saints, 24-23. Carolina has played New Orleans more than any other team in its history.