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Carolina Panthers WR Philly Brown says he’s healthy enough to play

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, center, watches the players stretch during practice on Tuesday.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, center, watches the players stretch during practice on Tuesday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Second-year Carolina Panthers wide receiver Philly Brown said Tuesday he has recovered from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the past two games and feels healthy enough to play against New Orleans.

“I hope so. I feel good,” said Brown, who expects to regain his starting role when he returns. “I feel the same as I did last week. It’s not my decision. All I can do is go out and practice and show them what I’m able to do. And hopefully at the end of the week they let me play.”

Taking Brown’s place in the lineup has been rookie Devin Funchess, who has 195 receiving yards in the past four games – and 83 in the past two with Brown out.

The Panthers didn’t have to release an official injury report on Tuesday but Rivera still provided some updates. Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) worked on the side and he remains confident that he’ll play on Sunday, even though indications are he’s still at least a week away.

Defensive end Mario Addison has a cast on his right foot after spraining it against Dallas. The x-rays came back negative, but it’s unlikely he’ll play this week.

“Resting on it, it feels good,” Addison said. “I don’t feel too much pain because I have a cast on it. But if they haven’t taken the cast off by now, it probably won’t be this week. I’m thinking next week will probably be better.”

Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei said he “should be able to” play this week after suffering an ankle injury against Dallas.

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