When the final injury reports came out on Friday, both the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers were still hopeful their cornerbacks could somehow play in the game on Sunday. However, as a Saturday rolled around, Corey Webster (hip) was ruled out for the Giants, while Josh Thomas (concussion) was ruled out for the Panthers.
Thomas, originally listed as questionable, met with independent physicians per league policy on concussions, and was unable to pass their evaluation. Subsequently, he was downgraded to out.
For Webster, who was initially listed as doubtful, the circumstances are a bit different. The veteran had participated on Wednesday, but was apparently injured during that practice. He missed both Thursday and Friday practices and did not travel with the team, who then officially downgraded him to out.
On the Panthers' side, the team will start either Drayton Florence or Josh Norman in place of Thomas, while the Giants will start Aaron Ross in Webster's place.
Sunday will mark the first time Webster has missed a game since week 17 of the 2010 against the Washington Redskins. He had the third longest games played streak on the team behind only safety Antrel Rolle and quarterback Eli Manning.
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