The biggest news for the Panthers is DeCoud (hamstring) won’t play. That means rookie Tre Boston will get his first start at free safety against the NFL’s second-ranked pass offense.
Left tackle Byron Bell was ruled out on Wednesday, giving undrafted rookie David Foucault his first start.
For the Saints, Robinson was ruled out with his forearm injury after being listed as questionable. Thomas previously was ruled out with shoulder and rib injuries.
Also Thursday, the Saints promoted rookie linebacker/special teamer Todd Davis from the practice squad and released tight end Tom Crabtree.