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Thomas Davis, Jonathan Stewart inactive for Panthers

BALTIMORE -- The Carolina Panthers placed outside linebacker Thomas Davis and running back Jonathan Stewart on the inactive list for Sunday's game at Baltimore.

Stewart, who suffered a sprained knee in the second half of last week's 37-19 loss to Pittsburgh, wasn't a surprise. The Panthers signed running back Tauren Poole off their practice squad on Saturday as insurance behind DeAngelo Williams and Darrin Reaves.

Davis, who pulled a hamstring late against the Steelers, was somewhat of a surprise after he practiced on Thursday and Friday.

Davis, who also is dealing with a hip injury, is second behind middle linebacker Luke Kuechly in tackles. Chase Blackburn will fill in for him on the weak side.

Coach Ron Rivera said on Friday that if he had to sit Davis it might be a tougher conversation than the one he had before the opener with quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton tried to talk Rivera out of sitting him as he recovered from fractured ribs.