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6-7, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers (6-7) didn't get any help in their quest to reach the playoffs as the Vikings (7-6-1) and Redskins (7-7) both won. This makes beating the Saints on Monday night at Bank of America Stadium even more essential than it was coming into Sunday's games. The Vikings currently hold the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC and Carolina would lose a tie-breaker with Washington if it came down to that.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers upgraded DT Kawann Short (calf) from doubtful to questionable for Monday night's game against the Saints. A good sign for a player coach Ron Rivera has been optimistic about playing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have ruled kicker Graham Gano (knee) out for the second straight game. They have ruled Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short doubtful for Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints. A final decision won't come until Monday. Short was limited in practice on Saturday after missing practice the past two days with a calf injury. On Friday, coach Ron Rivera said he had no concerns about Short. Vernon Butler, who has been a healthy scratch the past two games, will be active this week. Wes Horton, who has slid over from end to play tackle the past two weeks, also will get time inside.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera referenced his team's 5 percent chance of making the playoffs earlier in the week. His T-shirt maker had a little fun with that and Rivera wore it today to his press conference.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Who is Carolina's No. 1 receiver? Offensive coordinator Norv Turner isn't big on putting a number on somebody, but if you look at the numbers in terms of snaps and production first-round pick DJ Moore has emerged as Cam Newton's top wide receiver threat. Over the past two games Moore has played 93 and 83 percent of the snaps. He has nine catches on 16 targets for 111 yards. Devin Funchess, who came into the season as the No. 1, has gotten 39 and 46 percent of the snaps during the same time. He has one catch on six targets for 10 yards.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there is ‘'no level of concern'' for DT Kawann Short, who did not practice for the second straight day with a calf injury. Full injury report:

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner says Cam Newton not throwing twice a week for much the last month has had a trickle down effect on the offensive continuity.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Left tackle Chris Clark is practicing today after missing Thursday's practice with a knee injury. Quarterback Cam Newton did not throw during the media portion of practice for the second straight day.

Bruschi, Woodson pick Saints over Panthers on MNF (0:55)
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Newton: 'Disrespectful' broom a boost vs. Saints

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said the broom hanging in his locker, something that was "gifted'' to him last season after the Saints swept three games against their NFC South rival, is motivation for Monday's night's game against New Orleans.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers injury report: DT Kawann Short is on it this week. LT Chris Clark told ne he thought he would be ready for Monday's game.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton said it was ‘'disrespectful'' that the Saints sent a broom after sweeping the Panthers in three games last season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Çam Newton says the Panthers ‘'can't wait'' for Monday night's game against New Orleans.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers PK Graham Gano (knee) back at practice. May be too early to say he will kick on Monday night against the Saints. He worked on the side with the trainer. Left tackle Chris Clark also did not practice. QB Cam Newton did not throw during the media portion of practice.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Panthers staff directory the organization has hired Mark Hart as the Vice President of development. Hart was the Director of Business/Chief Financial officer of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Carolina owner David Tepper, a former Steelers minority owner and Pittsburgh native, is taking advantage of connections with the organization he is most familiar. If changes come to the football side look for him to do the same. The hiring was first reported by Joe Person of the Athletic.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive end Julius Peppers said it would be a ‘'great story'' of the Panthers beat New Orleans on Monday night and won the next two to make the playoffs. In fact, he expects it to happen.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera's message to players today was they still have a chance to make the playoffs despite a five-game losing streak. The Panthers (6-7) are a half game back of Minnesota (6-6-1) for the final NFC wild card spot with three games to go, beginning with a Monday night game against New Orleans. ‘'At the end of the day we still have an opportunity, believe it or not,'' Rivera said at an early-morning press conference.

Team Stats

Passing Yards240.7
Rushing Yards137.4
Points For24.9
Points Against25.5