CHARLOTTE — The Panthers were without a pair of key pass-rushers, as well as their starting quarterback Wednesday.
Defensive end Brian Burns did not practice Wednesday with a foot injury, after he left last week's game against the Patriots twice. He was on the practice field in a red jersey, and was walking the sidelines with teammates during the portion open to the media.
Outside linebacker Frankie Luvu was also out with a knee injury, leaving them without a pair of contributors to the league's second-ranked defense.
Quarterback Sam Darnold was not in uniform, and was not participating because of a right shoulder injury.
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said during his post-practice press conference that Darnold would miss around four weeks, and that he'd likely be placed on injured reserve. Rhule did not think it was necessarily season-ending.
Cornerback and special teamer Stantley Thomas-Oliver III was also out of practice because of a toe injury that kept him out last week.
Cornerback Rashaan Melvin was limited with a hand injury, and he was also in a red jersey. He left last week's game as well, and was wearing a brace on his right hand Wednesday.
Starting safety Juston Burris, who was designated to return two weeks ago, also practiced, potentially giving them more options in the secondary.