Week 17 Final Injury Report: Brian Burns among five listed as doubtful


CHARLOTTE – Defensive end Brian Burns (shoulder) is among five players listed as doubtful for Sunday's season finale against the Saints. 

As the designation suggests, all five are not expected to play. 

The other doubtfuls are running backs Christian McCaffrey (thigh) and Mike Davis (ankle), left tackle Russell Okung (calf) and cornerback Troy Pride Jr. (hip). Because he at least practiced in limited fashion on Friday, Pride is really the only one on the list who has much of a chance to suit up Sunday. 

Without McCaffrey and Davis, the Panthers' backfield will feature young running backs Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon, plus wide receiver Curtis Samuel and fullback Alex Armah. 

Michael Schofield will start in place of Okung, who's played just seven games this season. 

Wide receiver Robby Anderson, who missed Wednesday's practice with a sore groin, practiced in full both Thursday and Friday.

You can check out the entire injury report by clicking here or looking below:

Carolina Panthers
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
Posted 7.5 sacks in rookie season in Carolina in 2019, fourth-most among all NFL rookies.
Brian Burns
Shoulder Doubtful
Played for Seattle in 2017 and 2018 before starting 2019 in Chicago. Claimed off waivers by Carolina in Week 11 of 2019.
Mike Davis
Ankle Doubtful
Christian McCaffrey led the NFL with 2,392 scrimmage yards in 2019, third-most by any player in NFL history. He became the third player in NFL history to tally over 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in one season.
Christian McCaffrey
Thigh Doubtful
Russell Okung, a two-time Pro Bowler, was acquired from the Chargers in a trade in the spring of 2020.
Russell Okung
Calf Doubtful
Pride was drafted in the fourth round by Carolina out of Notre Dame. He totaled 121 tackles, four interceptions and 18 pass breakups in four seasons. Pride was a sprinter on the Irish track team and ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, fifth-fastest among 2020 secondary players.
Troy Pride Jr.
Hip Doubtful
Obada recorded a career-best 24 tackles in 2019, seeing action in all 16 games for the Panthers. He signed a one-year contract extension on January 6, 2020.
Efe Obada
Shoulder/Toe Questionable
Gross-Matos was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 38th overall pick. In three years at Penn State, Gross-Matos totaled 111 career tackles, 19.0 sacks, 37.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, earning First-Team All-Big Ten honors as a junior.
Yetur Gross-Matos
Shoulder Questionable
Played two games with Atlanta in 2019 before signing with Carolina in the 2020 preseason.
Austin Larkin
Shoulder Questionable

The Panthers trail the all-time series against the Saints, 25-27. Carolina has played New Orleans more than any other team in its history.

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