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

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