Head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that he doesn't expect Davis (ankle) to play Week 17 versus the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Rhule said Davis was "gutsy" to play through a severe ankle sprain in the Panthers' Week 16 win over Washington. With little at stake for the Panthers in the regular-season finale, Davis is expected to be sidelined along with Christian McCaffrey (thigh), who didn't practice Wednesday. With Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon left as the team's healthy running backs, wideout Curtis Samuel could push for a repeat of the career-high seven carries he handled last week.

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