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2017 Schedule
4-2, 1st in NFC South
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Short looking to show kids there's more than Chicago (0:45)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short grew up about 35 miles from Chicago's Soldier Field in the the city of East Chicago, Indiana. He lived a few blocks from one of the most dangerous streets in the state. As the Panthers prepare to face the Bears on Sunday Short spent time on ESPN Charlotte's "Inside the Lair" podcast talking about giving back to his community.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive end Julius Peppers left the Panthers after the 2009 season to play four seasons for Chicago and then three for Green Bay before returning to Carolina. What are his emotions as he prepares for Sunday's game at Chicago? “Not too many emotions. I've been going back there the past three years now. I've gotten over that part of it. It'll be nice to see [Bears coach John] Fox. It'll be nice and see some of the guys that worked for the Bears. I had some great memories there, great relationships.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said middle linebacker Luke Kuechly is in the concussion protocol "and advancing in it." Couldn't address ESPN report that the team did not think Kuechly was concussed.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says said center Ryan Kalil (neck) practiced today and "looked good." He like what Kalil will bring to the offensive line from a communication standpoint.

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Peppers: 'You can't replace Luke Kuechly' (0:23)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers didn't want to talk about why he left Carolina for Chicago after the 2009 season. But he had a lot to say about what the defense could be like if middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion protocol) can't play Sunday against the Bears.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers center Ryan Kalil is optimistic he can play on Sunday at Chicago. He hasn't played since the opener because of a neck injury. Admits it's been frustrating and he s "very anxious" to get back in a game.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Reversal of fortune in Carolina

Just a week ago, the Panthers had the NFC South's best chances to both make the playoffs and win the division, in ESPN's FPI. But the Saints' win over the Lions on Sunday has changed everything.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil (neck) has participated in every drill during the media portion of practice so far. Could be on track to play for first time since the opener.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion protocol) participated in stretching today. Working on the side with Thomas Davis now. Part of the five-step process of returning from the protocol.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers center Ryan Kalil (neck) is in full pads and looks ready to practice. He hasn't played since the opener.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) is not dressed for practice but he is here.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers sign veteran linebacker Andrew Gachkar, in his seventh year out of Missouri. Could be insurance for Luke Kuechly, who remains in the concussion protocol.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly remains in the concussion protocol as the Panthers return from a three-day break. They practice later this morning, so it'll be interesting to see if Kuechly is on the field -- and if he is how limited he is. Before a player can be cleared from the protocol he has to resume practicing with the team with no limitations and be cleared by an independent physician.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers decision to release quarterback Brad Kaaya, per Adam Schefter, shouldn't come as a surprise. They had four on the active roster after promoting Garrett Gilbert from the practice squad. Carolina is trying to develop a third quarterback for the future behind Cam Newton and Derek Anderson. Gilbert apparently is showing more promise.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers (4-2) will stay in first place in the NFC South with Falcons (3-2) losing to Miami.

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Sources: Panthers' Kuechly avoided concussion

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly passed his concussion test and the team does not believe he suffered another one, league sources told ESPN.

ESPN Stats & Information

Newton climbs QB rushing list

Cam Newton's 71 yards on the ground in Thursday's loss moved him past Fran Tarkenton on the all-time list of rushing yards by a quarterback.

Team Stats

Passing Yards228.017th
Rushing Yards95.522nd
Points For21.317th
Points Against20.3Tied-9th