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
Posted 7.5 sacks in rookie season in Carolina in 2019, fourth-most among all NFL rookies.
Brian Burns
Concussion Not_Listed
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
Ankle Not_Listed
Kawann Short started the first two games of 2019 before suffering a season-ending rotator cuff injury in Week 2 against Tampa Bay.
Kawann Short
Shoulder Not_Listed
Donte Jackson totaled seven interceptions over his first two seasons, tied for second-most among NFL cornerbacks in 2018-19.
Donte Jackson
Toe Questionable
Kerr signed with Carolina as a free agent in 2020 after spending the 2019 season with the Arizona Cardinals.
Zach Kerr
Toe Questionable
Curtis Samuel led the Panthers with six receiving touchdowns in 2019. Since he was drafted in 2017, his 14 total touchdowns are second-most on the Panthers.
Curtis Samuel
Knee Questionable
A North Carolina native, Cooper is a Pro Bowl returner and wide receiver who has had stops in Los Angeles, Arizona and Cincinnati.
Pharoh Cooper
Neck Not_Listed
Signed as a free agent with Carolina in 2020 after three seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers (2017-19) and three seasons with Denver (2014-16).
Michael Schofield
Not injury-related Not_Listed
Tyler Larsen played in all 16 games as a reserve lineman in 2019.
Tyler Larsen
Illness Not_Listed

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

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