Week 12 Inactives: Russell Okung back after four-game absence


CHARLOTTE – Left tackle Russell Okung on Sunday will play for the first time in more than a month.

Okung, who injured his calf late in the Panthers' Oct. 25 loss in New Orleans, is active for Carolina's Week 12 contest at Minnesota.

The Panthers are also getting right guard John Miller back after he missed last week's win over the Lions with knee and ankle injuries.

Elsewhere on the offensive line, tackle Greg Little is apparently a healthy scratch, and Dennis Daley was already ruled out with a concussion.

Running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) and cornerback Donte Jackson (toe) were also ruled out this weekend before the Panthers left for Minnesota. Mike Davis will get his ninth start in place of McCaffrey and Troy Pride Jr. will again replace Jackson.

Safety Sam Franklin, who's been dealing with an ankle injury, is inactive for a second straight week. And at quarterback, with Teddy Bridgewater back after he was held out against the Lions, Will Grier is inactive, leaving P.J. Walker as Bridgewater's backup.

At linebacker, Jermaine Carter will again start for Tahir Whitehead, who's been dealing with a rib injury.

Sunday's Inactives


  • QB Will Grier
  • RB Christian McCaffrey
  • CB Donte Jackson
  • S Sam Franklin
  • OL Dennis Daley
  • OT Greg Little


  • WR K.J. Osborn
  • S Curtis Riley
  • CB Dylan Mabin
  • LS Austin Cutting
  • DE Jordan Brailford
  • T Ezra Cleveland
  • TE Irv Smith Jr.

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