Panthers will be without WR Steve Smith Sunday vs Chicago

The Panthers may be taking on a Bears team without starting QB Jay Cutler Sunday, but they themselves will be without two starters.

Top receiver Steve Smith and starting safety Sherrod Martin will miss the game against Chicago because of injuries.

Smith hasn’t practiced since spraining his left ankle in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans and has been in a protective boot this week. Martin has been sidelined since sustaining a concussion against the Saints.

Linebacker Jamar Williams and right tackle Jeff Otah also won’t play Sunday against the Bears. Williams has a neck injury and Otah hasn’t played or practiced all season because of a knee problem.

Running back DeAngelo Williams practiced for the second straight day Friday following an illness and is probable for Sunday. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn practiced and is probable despite a sore foot.

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