Damione Lewis missed practice for a third straight day Friday with a shoulder injury and is listed as doubtful. Maake Kemoeatu practiced on a limited basis and is questionable with a sprained right ankle that kept him out of last week's loss to the New York Giants.
The injuries come as the Panthers (11-4) prepare for a critical game. They need to beat the Saints (8-7) to guarantee the No. 2 seed in the NFC, a first-round bye in the playoffs and a second-round home game. A loss, combined with an Atlanta win over the St. Louis Rams, would drop the Panthers to the No. 5 seed and force them to play at Arizona in the first round next week.
Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad (foot) and tight end Jeff King (knee) practiced Friday and are listed as probable.
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