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Panthers vs Texans: Game day inactives

The Panthers have a mildly surprising player inactive (it isn’t DJ Moore).

Jacksonville Jaguars v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans have announced their inactive players for tonight’s game. The Panthers list is headlined by one mildly surprising name: cornerback AJ Bouye.

Bouye was added to the active roster when Pat Elflein was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. He is back from a suspension that kept him out from the first two games of the season. He has not been on the injury report this week, but he also has hardly practiced after a soft tissue injury side lined him for the end of the off season.

The Texans inactives features more starters than the Panthers, a by-product of their worse luck against injuries in the 2021 season.

Reid, Mitchell, and Grugier-Hill are all starters on defense. Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey are once again getting the benefit of an opponent operating at less than full strength. The Saints (also injury) and the Jets (suffering under the weight of their disappointing history) were similarly disadvantaged in their games against the Panthers.