The Carolina Panthers knew entering Sunday that for the second consecutive week they would have a new starting offensive line after having the same starting five for the first six games. Last week, Ryan Kalil missed the game due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Fernando Velasco but that was only for one game as Kalil is back this week. However, Andrew Norwell suffered a hamstring injury against the Colts and was ruled out on Friday and will be replaced by Amini Silatolu.
The team also ruled out Dwan Edwards on Friday and the Panthers will continue to primarily use the three man rotation of Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short and Kyle Love at defensive tackle but they could use Kony Ealy or Wes Horton inside on passing downs.
The move inside for Ealy and Horton will be made easier with Mario Addison being active this week. He missed last week's game due to a shoulder injury and wasn't expected to play earlier in the week. He was able to fully practice on Friday and looks ready to go.
The team will have five defensive ends active today and to make room for the extra pass rusher, the team made Cameron Artis-Payne inactive for today's game. Clearly, the Panthers are focusing on rushing Aaron Rodgers and making sure they have healthy legs to continually pressure the Packers' quarterback.