Burns (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Burns was never expected to suit up for Carolina's regular-season finale, so to see him officially ruled out doesn't come as much of a surprise. The second-year pro's 2020 campaign comes to an end with 58 tackles (35 solo), nine sacks, four passes defensed and three forced fumbles through 15 contests, showing great improvement through heightened consistency compared to his rookie year. At 22 years old, Burns represents a key building block as the Panthers aim to get back to one of the league's better defensive units in the near future.

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