9 Panthers aren't participating in practice on Thursday

On Thursday, the Carolina Panthers started an early Thanksgiving practice.

Without nine of their men, they carried out this action. Four of the players were absent due to illness.

Steve Wilks, the interim head coach, informed reporters on Wednesday that there was a "bug" circulating in the locker room.

Injuries kept four more from playing, including Matt Ioannidis, the starting defensive lineman.

Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens was Ioannidis's absence.

This was his second absence this year from the starting lineup.

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