with the Saints pinned deep and the last coming on 3rd-and-goal from the Carolina five, with Graham outleaping Quintin Mikell to put the Saints up 13-10. After a scoreless opening quarter in which both teams had failed scoring opportunities
taken too kindly by the Panthers' starting foursome of cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and Melvin White and safeties Quintin Mikell and Mike Mitchell. Carolina actually ranks fifth in pass defense, and the Panthers are tied for fifth in the league
started during his four seasons in Oakland — has provided leadership and big plays at free safety. Veteran castoff Quintin Mikell has filled in at the other safety spot, splitting time with another undrafted rookie Robert Lester from Alabama
and Sione Fua, cornerbacks Josh Norman and DJ Moore, wide receiver Marvin McNutt and running back Armond Smith. Quintin Mikell gets the start at strong safety against his former team because Lester still is bothered by a hamstring injury.
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On the game's first play from scrimmage, Munnerlyn dove to intercept a Bradford pass after it was deflected by Quintin Mikell . He got up to return the pick 45 yards for a quick 7-0 Panthers' lead. Each team went three-and-out on their
Lester, who has started the Panthers' two most recent outings in place of veteran Quintin Mikell , has also been declared doubtful for Sunday's test. Mikell , however, appears set to return from his two-game absence caused by a sprained
absence. As expected, Carolina was without safety Quintin Mikell (ankle) and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (hamstring). Robert Lester replaced Mikell and Colin Cole started in place of Edwards.
PANTHERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 4:05 PM (ET) Carolina - DE Frank Alexander, DE Dwan Edwards, LB Ben Jacobs, DB Quintin Mikell , CB D.J. Moore, CB Josh Norman, TE Brandon Williams Arizona - LB Jasper Brinkley, TE D.C. Jefferson, S
a tougher-than-believed obstacle in 2013. Key injuries: CAR RB Kenjon Barner - Foot (Questionable), CAR S Quintin Mikell - Ankle (Out); ARZ DT Darnell Dockett - Groin (Questionable) Line: Carolina -1.5, 41.5 points Fantasy