Thursday's practice is cancelled for 9 Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers began their early Thanksgiving practice on Thursday.

They did this even though they were missing nine of their guys.

Due to illness, four of the players were not present.

The interim head coach, Steve Wilks, told reporters on Wednesday that

A "bug" was going around the locker area.

Four additional players, including starting defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis, were sidelined by injuries.

Ioannidis didn't play in Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

His absence from the starting lineup for this game marked his second in a row.