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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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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. Nov 29 - 10:00 AM

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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.
Oct 27 - 4:18 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.
Oct 27 - 12:54 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.
Oct 26 - 11:18 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.
Oct 25 - 3:06 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.
Oct 20 - 1:00 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.
Oct 19 - 2:42 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.
Oct 19 - 1:55 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.
Oct 19 - 11:23 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
Oct 17 - 11:13 AM

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

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

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