Panthers edge Brian Burns had "minor surgery" on his right wrist during the team's bye, according to Joe Person of The Athletic. Burns put in a full practice Friday, though, and didn't even appear on the team's final injury report. So he looks ready for normal playing time against the 49ers. Burns had been dealing with the wrist issue since Week 4, so he might even head into this Sunday better off than he was for the past 2 contests. We'll see whether it means anything for his playing time or production. Burns sits in high-DL3 range in our Week 8 rankings.
The Panthers spent their 1st-round pick on DE Brian Burns in the NFL Draft. Burns tallied 9.5, 13.5 and 15.5 tackles for loss in 3 seasons at Florida State, including 8.5, 4.5 and 10 sacks. Burns might need to add weight beyond the 249 he logged at the Combine before he's ready for regular NFL duty. But he should at least be a rotational factor soon in a Carolina D desperately in need of new edge talent. The DE designation will help his IDP outlook.