CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Bears went into the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers without No. 3 wide receiver Earl Bennett, who stayed in Chicago with the after-effects of a concussion suffered the previous Friday in practice. The concussion problem deepened for the Bears against the Panthers when defensive tackle Henry Melton left in the first quarter with what later was diagnosed as a concussion.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall did not dress for the Carolina game and has missed practice time this training camp after being held out of most work through OTA’s and minicamps following offseason hip surgery. Player and team have maintained that the camp time off has been for rest, but until the Bears’ No. 1 wideout is back without interruption, some concern will linger over one of the linchpins of the 2013 offense.
Long snapper Pat Mannelly left Friday's game with a rib injury after being blindsided by Carolina tight end Richie Brockel while covering a punt. Linebacker James Anderson is listed as the No. 2 long snapper and handled those chores the remainder of the game.
Defensive end Julius Peppers worked out with team staffers before the game but is still out with a tender hamstring that took him out of practice last Saturday night at Comcast Bears Family Fest. Defensive end Corey Wootton was given the night off to rest minor hip and hamstring nicks but is expected back at practice on Sunday.