Brian Burns intends to play out 2023 season

After going silent over the past week, Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Brian Burns spoke up on Sunday—with both his words and his actions.

The two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher was one of the few bright spots in the team’s 24-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, as he recorded seven tackles and 1.5 sacks to open up the campaign. But, with the Panthers having yet to meet Burns on a lucrative contract extension, does he plan on playing this campaign out?

“I’m playin’, I’m playin,” Burns stated. “God got his hands on me, gon’ protect me, I’m playin’.”

He played quite the first quarter—chalking up a sack to squash Atlanta’s opening drive and almost literally squashing rookie running back Bijan Robinson for a 6-yard loss.

Burns, who was notably amped up from his play, was also asked if he’s out there with a chip on his shoulder. He shot that idea down.

“I feel like I’ve done what I needed to do,” he replied. “Being consistent. Just takin’ the next step in my game. I wanna dominate, ya know? So comin’ out in that first quarter, that first half—that’s all that was on my mind. Dominate.”

Story originally appeared on Panthers Wire