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Luke Kuechly | Linebacker | #59

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/20/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 238
College: Boston College
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (9) / CAR
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Updating an earlier report, Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly has not cleared the concussion protocol.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that Kuechly didn't suffer a concussion in Thursday's loss to Philadelphia and had already cleared the league's protocol, though Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said that isn't the case. "Luke Kuechly is still in the concussion protocol," Drummond tweeted Sunday. "He has not cleared and his status has not changed." It's possible for a player to remain in the league's protocol without actually suffered a concussion. Kuechly's status should be updated Tuesday when the Panthers return to practice. Oct 16 - 8:39 AM

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Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly has cleared the concussion protocol.

Kuechly was put in the protocol after Thursday night's game, but avoided a third concussion. It's good news given his history of concussions. Kuechly is only dealing with a shoulder/neck injury. The Panthers expect Kuechly to play next week without missing any time.
Source: ESPN
Oct 15 - 8:16 AM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks said Luke Kuechly (concussion) seemed "fine" on Friday.

Black & Blue Review's Bill Voth has heard from others who confirmed that Kuechly was acting like his "normal self" on Friday. Concussion symptoms don't always show up right away, though Voth suspects the Panthers may have been "overly cautious" with Kuechly on Thursday night. The concussion was Kuechly's third in three seasons. David Mayo will fill in at middle linebacker while Kuechly works through the league's protocol.
Oct 13 - 3:49 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly is officially in the concussion protocol.

It's Kuechly's third concussion in as many seasons. He missed three games in 2015, and the final six in 2016. Kuechly said last year he would not consider retirement. Still only 26, the former Defensive Player of the Year should be considered week to week until we get more information.
Oct 12 - 10:49 PM

Luke Kuechly was forced from Thursday's game against the Panthers with a possible concussion.

Kuechly went down late in the first half. The Panthers held off on announcing his status until early in the third quarter. If Kuechly is indeed concussed, it would be deeply troubling news. He has missed nine games over the past two seasons (four in 2015, six in 2016) with head issues.
Oct 12 - 10:17 PM

Luke Kuechly said he is tired of hearing questions about his concussions.

"Hopefully we can move on from that and not ask any more questions about concussions," Kuechly said. "I'm done with that." Kuechly also added he does not think about suffering another head injury. The linebacker is clearly trying to move away from the concerns, but the fact remains he has missed nine games in the last two seasons because of head injuries. They will remain a concern even if he does not want to talk about them.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 11:49 AM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is a "full-go" for the offseason program.

Kuechly missed the final six games of the season after suffering a concussion Week 11, but the Panthers were just being cautious late in a lost year. "I got cleared Week 13 or 14, so I was able to practice and things went well," Kuechly said. "Things are continuing to go well, and I’ll be good to go." Despite a positive start to the offseason, concussions could continue to be a concern for Kuechly, who has missed nine games in the last two seasons.
Apr 20 - 10:33 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said he has "no concerns" about Luke Kuechly's health.

Kuechly suffered his second serious concussion in as many seasons Week 11 and was held out the rest of the year despite clearing the concussion protocol. It appears the Panthers were just playing it safe with their defensive star, and Kuechly should be ready to go for the offseason program. Still, his history with concussions will continue to be a big concern moving forward.
Jan 3 - 11:11 AM

The Panthers have ruled Luke Kuechly (concussion) out for Week 17.

This was the expectation. Kuechly has been cleared since Dec. 17, but the Panthers aren't taking any chances after Kuechly's second concussion in as many years. It's a bit of a curious decision regarding a player who has been sidelined since Week 11, but so it goes. Kuechly was having another beastly year before going down, and won't turn 26 until April. He should remain one of the league's best defensive players in 2017.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 05:48:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) will be inactive for Week 16 against the Falcons.

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports Kuechly will be held out next week as well barring an injury to one of the other linebackers. Kuechly cleared the concussion protocol last week and has been practicing in full, but the Panthers are taking the cautious approach with their star linebacker. After suffering two serious concussions in the last two seasons, there is no reason for Kuechly to risk a quick return for two meaningless games.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he has yet to decide if Luke Kuechly will play Week 16 against the Falcons.

Kuechly cleared the concussion protocol last week, but the Panthers held him out of Monday night's game and could hold him out this week as well. Kuechly wants to play, however, saying he will continue "to prepare like I'm playing." Ultimately, it does not make much sense for Kuechly to risk his health in two meaningless games. Kuechly has suffered two serious concussions in the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Luke Kuechly told reporters he will continue "to prepare like I'm playing."

"I'm crossing my fingers every week that they're going to give me the thumbs up to go," Kuechly said. "I'm going to make sure I can be ready to go, but we'll see what happens moving forward with it." It does not make sense for the All-Pro to risk a third concussion in the last two years in two meaningless games, but he clearly wants to get back on the field. Coach Ron Rivera said he will not make a decision until late in the week about Kuechly's status. Kuechly cleared the protocol last week, but the Panthers held him out of Monday night's game.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 09:32:00 AM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) said he's not considering retirement.

"I trust what our doctors have to say. I trust our coaches and all those guys," said Kuechly. "I want to get out there and play." Kuechly finally made it through the concussion protocol last week but was kept out Monday against the Redskins. When asked about Kuechly's status going forward, coach Ron Rivera said, "we'll see." Kuechly has suffered two significant concussions over the last two seasons. With Carolina unlikely to make the postseason, there's no reason for Kuechly to return and risk further injury.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 05:56:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said "we'll see" when asked about shutting down Luke Kuechly (concussion).

Kuechly, who was held out of Monday night's game despite clearing the concussion protocol, plans to address the media on Wednesday. He could announce a decision to sit out the final two games then. It would be a surprise if Kuechly plays again this season.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:11:00 AM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly will be inactive for Monday night's Week 15 game against the Redskins.

Kuechly has cleared the concussion protocol, but the Panthers are taking a "long-term view" with their star middle linebacker. Carolina is out of the playoff picture, so there's no reason to push Kuechly back on the field after two concussions this year. A.J. Klein will continue to start at MIKE linebacker.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 06:08:00 PM

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