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Panthers, Bucs without key players


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TAMPA — The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without key players in Sunday’s game due to injuries.

Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly missed a third straight game as he recovers from a concussion and five injured players are among Tampa Bay’s inactives.

The Bucs will play without starting cornerback Johnthan Banks (knee), as well as center Evan Smith (ankle) and their top two tight ends in Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) and Luke Stocker (hip). Receiver Russell Shepard (hamstring), the team’s leading special-teams tackler last season, will miss the game. Safety Major Wright and quarterback Ryan Griffin were healthy scratches.

The Panthers will be without Kuechly, as well as receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Kevin Norwood, guard Amini Silatolu, tackle Daryl Williams, running back Brandon Wegher and safety Dean Marlowe.

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