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Boldin did not play vs. Panthers

CHARLOTTE -- The Arizona Cardinals placed injured receiver Anquan Boldin on the inactive against the Carolina Panthers in their divisional playoff game.


Boldin strained his left hamstring on a 71-yard touchdown pass
play from Kurt Warner in the second quarter of last Saturday's 30-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Boldin's absence will likely affect the Cardinals' approach to this game. Also inactive for Arizona: cornerback Eric Green, linebacker Victor Hobson, tackle Elliot Vallejo, tackle Brandon Keith, defensive tackle Alan Branch and tight end Ben Patrick. Brian St. Pierre is the third quarterback. If he plays, Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart could not return.

That leaves Stephen Spach and Leonard Pope as the active tight ends. Pope hasn't played much this season. He previously struggled with false-start penalties on running plays.

Inactive for Carolina: receiver D.J. Hackett, safety Quinton Teal, linebacker Adam Seward, guard Mackenzy Bernadeau, receiver Kenneth Moore, defensive tackle Darwin Walker and defensive tackle J'Vonne Parker. Matt Moore is the third quarterback.

Watch highlights from the Arizona Cardinals' 33-13 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Mike Sando is an NFL reporter for ESPN.com. The Assciated Press contributed to this report.