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Luke Kuechly | Linebacker | #59

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/20/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 238
College: Boston College
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (9) / CAR
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Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) avoided the active/PUP list.
The Panthers held Kuechly out of the offseason program. He's full-go for training camp after passing his physical. Kuechly was healthy for 15 games last year, but carries some durability risks going into this season. Jul 25 - 3:59 PM

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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) said he is on schedule for training camp.

Kuechly underwent surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum following the season. He was never expected to participate during the offseason program, but he remains on track for training camp.
Jun 12 - 11:43 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Luke Kuechly (shoulder) will sit out the offseason program.

Kuechly is recovery from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He should be ready for training camp. Julius Peppers will also sit out the offseason program with the exact same injury.
Mar 27 - 10:13 AM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly underwent surgery on his right shoulder after the season.

We knew Kuechly was dealing with some type of injury when he skipped the Pro Bowl last month, and now it has been revealed it was a shoulder problem. Kuechly had a torn labrum repaired in his left shoulder in 2015, but the nature of this right shoulder issue is unclear. For now, we'll expect Kuechly to sit out OTAs and minicamp with an eye toward being ready for training camp.
Feb 12 - 9:56 PM

Luke Kuechly will not attend the Pro Bowl because of an undisclosed injury.

This is normal operating procedure for the top players in the league, and the Charlotte Observer reports the "injury" is not serious. Kuechly should be fine for the offseason program.
Jan 18 - 10:22 AM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12.

Kuechly scooped and scored on a fumble return in the fourth quarter against the Jets, swinging the tide of the game where the Jets were hanging around and threatening to win. Kuechly has missed a ton of action the past two seasons but remains an elite run defender and cover man when on the field.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Luke Kuechly has cleared the concussion protocol.

He'll start Sunday against Tampa Bay following a one-week absence. Currently the No. 2 inside linebacker in PFF's grades, Kuechly's return is a massive downgrade for Doug Martin.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 04:18:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is questionable for Week 8 against the Bucs.

Kuechly still needs to gain clearance from an independent neurologist, so he's not out of the woods considering his lengthy concussion history. Kuechly practiced fully all week. If he's out there, it's an obvious boost to the defense.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is practicing Thursday.

He got in a full session Wednesday, suggesting he is close to clearing the concussion protocol. As long as he does not suffer a setback, Kuechly should get back on the field Sunday against the Bucs.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) practiced in full Wednesday.

Coach Ron Rivera cautioned Kuechly still has to get through the final phase of the concussion protocol, but did admit he's on pace to return Sunday against the Bucs after missing last week's loss to the Bears. Kuechly's return would obviously be a downgrade to Doug Martin's Week 8 matchup.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 03:06:00 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) is out for Week 7 against the Bears.

Kuechly was concussed last Thursday night against the Eagles in Week 6 and hasn't yet passed protocol. He's expected to see a doctor Monday, which could put him on track for Week 8. Kuechly's absence will provide a big boost to offensive focal point Jordan Howard for the Bears.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 01:00:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, Luke Kuechly (concussion) was listed DNP at Thursday's practice.

Kuechly was spotted at Thursday's practice but obviously wasn't able to do very much. Coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly is continuing to progress through the league's protocol but remained mum on his status for Sunday's game versus the Bears. Kuechly is arguably the league's best middle linebacker when healthy but has now been concussed three times in a span of three years.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 02:42:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) was officially limited at Thursday's practice.

Kuechly's concussion, if he did indeed suffer one, does not appear to be as serious as the one that sidelined him for the final six games of 2016. With that said, the Panthers need to tread lightly here given Kuechly's lengthy history of brain injuries. It's unclear if he'll be cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 01:55:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) appears to be practicing Thursday.

Kuechly had his helmet as he headed to practice, suggesting he will at least get in a limited session on Thursday. As long as he does not suffer any setbacks, Kuechly looks on track to play Sunday against the Bears, although he still has some hurdles left to clear in the protocol.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) did not practice Tuesday.

Kuechly was out on the practice field, a positive sign as he works through the protocol, but he did not take part in the session. His status for this week remains completely up in the air.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Kuechly is PFF’s 5th-ranked LB - if he can't play on Sunday, it would provide an upgrade for Bears RB Jordan Howard. Although Howard has only collected one catch over the past two games, he’s been productive on the ground. He was able to rack up 36 carries for 167 yards against the Ravens in Week 6 while playing 67.5% of the snaps - his highest rate of the season. Howard should see plenty of volume again in Week 7 but may be better for half PPR formats like FanDuel now that’s he less active in the passing game. Considering the Bears want to go run-heavy with Trubisky under center and Howard has cornered off the red zone carries, picking up 10 to Tarik Cohen’s 2, his $6.4k salary looks like a solid deal
Source: ESPN
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 11:13:00 AM

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