Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Well, it's official now. The Panthers will be without their best run stuffer tonight.
Defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu has been deactivated, the team said. That was pretty much expected because Kemoeatu was walking with crutches and a boot earlier this week because of an ankle injury. He sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday and took part on a very limited basis Friday.
That makes it pretty clear the Giants will try to use their running game to attack the middle of Carolina's defense. The Panthers don't have another defensive tackle nearly as big as the 350-pound Kemoeatu.
Darwin Walker is expected to start in Kemoeatu's place.