Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was active after being listed as questionable with finger, rib and shoulder injuries. Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was inactive for the second consecutive week with a broken finger, and defensive end Tyler Brayton, who had started all 12 games, was out with a concussion.
For the Patriots, No. 3 wide receiver Sam Aiken, who caught an 81-yard touchdown pass from Brady last Sunday, was inactive with a shoulder injury, and starting guard Stephen Neal was out for the third time in the last four weeks because of an ankle injury.
Patriots running back Fred Taylor, who hasn't played since Week 4 after having ankle surgery, participated in pregame warmups but was inactive. He had been listed as questionable after returning to practice last week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.