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Panthers’ Laviska Shenault out, Brian Burns questionable

Oct 1, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (5) runs for yards after catch against Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. and safety Vonn Bell will miss Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans.

Outside linebacker Brian Burns is questionable after missing practice Friday because of an elbow injury.

Shenault sustained a high-ankle sprain in a 42-21 loss at the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 15, and the Panthers (0-6) had a bye week in Week 7.

Shenault, 25, has seven receptions for 43 yards and 12 carries for 55 yards in six games this season.

Bell, 28, has been dealing with a quadriceps injury. He has started all five games he has played this season and has 33 tackles and one interception.

Burns, the Panthers’ star edge rusher, was limited at practice Thursday and out Friday because of the elbow injury and not related to a potential trade, NFL Network reported.

Burns, 25, a Pro Bowl selection the past two seasons, has 20 tackles, including four sacks and seven tackles for loss, in starting all six games this season.

“He had a kind of a little thing happened yesterday on a play where he hurt his elbow,” Panthers coach Frank Reich said Friday. “Got it checked out, just today was still an issue. So getting further evaluation on that to try to see where we’re at. …

“I really don’t have any of that information at this point. I’ve been told there’s a chance he could play, but it just all depends on what the test results show.”

Carolina also listed linebackers Kamu Grugier-Hill (illness) and Frankie Luvu (hip), safety Xavier Woods (hamstring) and tackle Taylor Moton (knee) as questionable for Sunday against the Texans (3-3).

–Field Level Media

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