The NFL's competition committee are taking a look at the practice of resting starters in regular season games for playoff teams that have no playoff implications.
Meanwhile, the 13-2 Saints head into Carolina with plans to rest most of their starters and play an undrafted rookie quarterback.
So far the list of key players who will not play in Carolina: QB Drew Brees (healthy), TE David Thomas (calf), FS Darren Sharper (knee), FS Usama Young (sports hernia), WR Lance Moore (ankle).
QB Chase Daniel has been promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and will be the second string quarterback. Backup Mark Brunell is expected to start the game and give way to Daniel.
With Brees not set to play, he will set the league's regular season completion percentage with 70.62%, breaking Bengals QB Ken Anderson 1982 record of 70.55%. Brees will have played in 15 games, Anderson in 9. Brees' 109.6 season passer rating is best in the league by five points, and he leads the league with 34 touchdown passes, one more than second place QB Peyton Manning, who is also not expected to play in Week 17. Third place is Vikings QB Brett Favre and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, tied at 29.
The resting players in Week 17, combined with the first round bye in the playoffs, will result in a 20 or 21 day rest.
The Saints cut veteran CB Mike McKenzie to make room for Daniel on the 53-man roster. Both Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter are close to being back on the field.