Week 1 Inactives: Vernon Butler sitting out the opener


CHARLOTTE -- Defensive tackle Vernon Butler is among the inactives for Carolina's season opener against the Rams.

The Panthers opted to dress more edge rushers than interior linemen against the explosive Rams, who like to spread the field.

Veteran DE/OLB Bruce Irvin and rookie OT Greg Little were previously ruled out due to injury. Below is the full list of inactives for Week 1.


  • DT Vernon Butler
  • OT Greg Little (concussion)
  • DE Bruce Irvin (hamstring)
  • LB Jordan Kunaszyk
  • QB Will Grier
  • WR Brandon Zylstra
  • OL Brandon Greene


  • WR Nsimba Webster
  • CB David Long, Jr.
  • LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
  • C Cameron Shelton
  • LT Bobby Evans
  • TE Johnny Mundt
  • DT Greg Gaines

The Panthers arrive at Bank of America Stadium on the Coca-Cola blue carpet before Sunday's game.

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