Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers rookie Philly Brown ill, misses Wednesday practice

Carolina Panthers rookie receiver/returner Philly Brown missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei remains sidelined with an ankle injury that is expected to keep him out against the Vikings.

The rest of the team is healthy, which Panthers coach Ron Rivera said will make for some tough decisions Sunday in deciding which players are inactive. ...

Rivera on the NFC South, which has taken a public relations beating most of the season: “I know it’s a little different, a little odd. Some people might think it’s embarrassing, I don’t. It’s the way the game is. You play the games that you play. There’ve been six seeds that have won the Super Bowl. So we’ll see what happens.”