Wednesday injury report boasts big names for Panthers and Bears

It's important to note before freaking out at the Panthers' injury report that all three players are expected to play Sunday. Jeff Otah was experiencing some routine tightness, but nothing serious enough to keep him out of Sunday's game.

The biggest name to jump out on the Bears' list is SS Chris Harris. Not having Hitman would be a huge blow to the Bears' secondary, but it seems he'll be a-okay on Sunday and will be a big test for the Panthers.

Injury lists and more after the jump...

UPDATE: Jeff Otah practiced fully today. Chris Gamble missed today's practice and Ron Rivera say he was a 'little concerned' about his status for Sunday.

 

Carolina Panthers

Player Position Injury Status
Charles Godfrey FS Head DNP
Chris Gamble CB Head DNP
Jeff Otah T Back DNP

Chicago Bears

Player Position Injury Status
Earl Bennett WR Chest DNP
Gabe Carimi T Knee DNP
Matt Spaeth TE Calf DNP
Marion Barber RB Calf Full
Chris Harris S Hamstring Full
Major Wright S Head/Neck Full
Patrick Mannerly LS Hip Full

 

While there is a good chance Earl Bennett could miss Sunday's game it's really not a huge blow to the Bears. Jay Cutler has already started to favor rookie Dan Sanzenbacher, and he'll fill in very well in case Bennett can't play.

It's Gabe Carimi who represents the biggest potential loss for the Bears on this list. As it stands Chicago are 'hopeful' he'll be able to play, but lacking Carimi is a serious hit to an already beleaguered offensive front. His stand-in Frank Omiyale has been porous as a fill in this season, and if he starts starts for Carimi on Sunday at RT expect a big day from Greg Hardy.

If TE Matt Spaeth is out then the Bears have even more problems for this pass protection. Spaeth has been used much like Jeff King was here in Carolina- a glorified 6th lineman with very little impact in the passing game. Should he be out it again bodes well for the Panthers' pass rush.

Is it Sunday yet? 

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