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4-2, 1st in NFC South
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Peppers not concerned about sack numbers (0:41)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The 6,5 sacks by Panthers 37-year-old defensive end Julius Peppers makes him the oldest player to reach that total in the first six games of a season, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

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NFL looking into Newton skipping news conference (1:28)
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FPI: Panthers have major edge in Chicago

The Bears are FPI underdogs for the seventh time in as many weeks on Sunday, though their odds to win are their highest since Week 1. Chicago has won twice this season when facing longer odds, including last week in Baltimore.

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NFL to look into why no Cam presser Thursday

The NFL will look into why Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton declined to speak to media on Thursday, spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN. A Panthers representative said Newton did not give a reason.

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Bad news, Bears: Newton thriving on the road

Cam Newton's numbers have been downright ugly in Charlotte this season, but he's looked like his 2015 MVP self away from home. He'll try to keep it rolling in Chicago this Sunday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Luke Kuechly is progressing through the concussion protocol. When asked if Kuechly was unlikely to play Sunday at Chicago, Rivera said, "We'll see.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he just found out Cam Newton wasn't speaking to reporters. He did not have a reason for why.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin's knee swelled up from a shot he took "the other day."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers injury report: Luke Kuechly listed as did not participate with a concussion, not referred to as concussion protocol as it was yesterday. Kelvin Benjamin did not practice for the second straight day with a knee injury.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has declined to talk to the media today and hasn't talked to reporters this week. No reason was given.

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Davis happy to see Kuechly on the field (0:23)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis said Luke Kuechly is "in a good place right now as far as being in the concussion protocol. As for whether Kuechly will be cleared and play on Sunday Davis deferred to the tram trainer.

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Coleman: 'Trying to get myself in a position to play' (0:23)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers strong safety Mike Adams (right) interviews free safety Kurt Coleman. The one question Adams wouldn't ask is whether Coleman (knee) will return this week. Coleman is trending towards a return,whether it's Sunday at Chicago or the next week at Tampa Bay.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

If Kelvin Benjamin (knee) can't play on Sunday look for Devin Funchess, who with 320 snaps in six games already is within 173 snaps of what he had in 15 games a year ago, to play a bigger role. Funchess said his already increased production (27 catches, four more than he had in 2016) is due to increased playing time. “Steph Curry doesn't just go in the gym and make all of his shots,'' Funchess said. “I'm not saying I'm Steph Curry. Compare me more to like a LeBron [James] because I can do everything.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Still to early to say Luke Kuechly will be out of the concussion protocol by Sunday and if he is will Coach Ron Rivera take a conservative approach. But being on the field for some drills today was a step forward in the process.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

No sign of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin as the Panthers begin practice. He left yesterday's practice and was listed on the injury report with a knee injury.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has a helmet and cleats today. Appears to be a step forward in the concussion protocol.

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Woody, Herm like Panthers' overall talent to prevail (0:53)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox was the head coach at Carolina after the 2009 season when defensive end Julius Peppers left for Chicago in free agency. Asked what he remembered from negotiations at the time to keep the team's all-time sack leader, who returned to the Panthers this offseason, Fox said: “Anytime you have the second player in the draft and he walks for nothing, I don't think that's ideal. . . . I don't write those checks. I just know I liked the player. He's proved pretty worthy since.''

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Panthers' Benjamin sidelined with knee issue

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin left practice and was listed as a non-participant Wednesday. Benjamin is still nursing a knee injury suffered in a loss to New Orleans in Week 3.

Team Stats

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

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