Week 6 Final Injury Report: Brian Burns expected to play

Brian Burns

CHARLOTTE — After suffering a concussion against the Falcons last week, defensive end Brian Burns is expected to face the Bears this weekend.

Burns was a full participant in Friday's light practice and does not have an injury status heading into Sunday.

"I'm planning on him playing," head coach Matt Rhule said.

Wide receiver Curtis Samuel (knee) was a limited participant in practice all week and is one of four questionable players. If Samuel cannot play, wide receiver Seth Roberts would see increased reps.

"Obviously, I'd love to have Curtis play. He's practiced, so it's just a matter of if he feels 100 percent or not. That's what leaves him questionable," Rhule said. "We'll see what his recovery and healing feels like up until Sunday."

Defensive tack Zach Kerr (toe), cornerback Donte Jackson (toe), cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring) are also listed as questionable.

The Panthers also placed defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos on the reserve/injured list with a high ankle sprain, which means he'll be out for at least three weeks.

"I walked in the weight room this morning, and he's in there getting a full offseason lift," Rhule said. "I think in terms of his body, he's going to get stronger during this time because he can lift more often. And we hope that we get him back at some point when he heals."

With backup center Tyler Larsen also going on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Panthers now have three open spots on their 53-man roster. Wide receiver Keith Kirkwood, who was designated to return from IR, is likely to claim one of them.

To view the complete injury report with game statuses for Sunday's game, click here, or see below:

Carolina Panthers
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
Brian Burns led the Panthers with 9.0 sacks in 2020...His 16.5 career sacks are second-most among all players from the 2019 Draft Class.
Brian Burns
Concussion Not_Listed
After being selected in the second round of the 2020 Draft, Gross-Matos battled injuries to play in 12 games, starting seven, with 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his rookie season.
Yetur Gross-Matos
Ankle Not_Listed
Jackson has made 10 interceptions in his first three seasons, ranking fourth among NFL cornerbacks since 2018.
Donte Jackson
Toe Questionable
Kerr played in 13 games with four starts for the Panthers in 2020, tallying 32 tackles and 2.0 sacks.
Zach Kerr
Toe Questionable
Curtis Samuel had a career-best season in 2020, posting 1,051 scrimmage yards on 851 receiving yards and 200 rushing yards.
Curtis Samuel
Knee Questionable
Pharoh Cooper played in all 16 games in his debut season with Carolina in 2020, making 20 punt returns for 117 yards and 18 kickoff returns for 430 yards.
Pharoh Cooper
Neck Not_Listed
Played in 11 games for Carolina in 2020, starting three at left guard...Previously played for the Chargers (2017-19) and Broncos (2014-16).
Michael Schofield
Not injury-related Not_Listed
Larsen saw action in 13 games in 2020, primarily on special teams.
Tyler Larsen
Illness Not_Listed

Carolina is 4-6 all-time against the Chicago Bears.

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