Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain in the running for the NFC's No. 2 playoff seed, so the defending Super Bowl champions are planning to rest healthy starters for the team's regular-season finale against NFC South rival Carolina.
The Panthers have lost six straight and 11 of their past 13 games overall.
The team announced Thursday that it put cornerback Stephen Gilmore and rookie wide receiver Shi Smith on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
At the end of the Carolina Panthers final home game, also against Tampa Bay, a collection of fans chanted "Fire Rhule," voicing continued frustration over the team's head coach, Matt Rhule.
After that game Rhule said he understood the fans' angst.
"To me it just shows people care," he said. "We're not winning. I have no problem with that. I think our fans have been great -- they support us -- and sometimes you need to be booed."
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