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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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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

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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

Luke Kuechly has cleared the concussion protocol.

Despite passing the final stage, coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly is still questionable and might not play this week. The Panthers aren't expected to shut down Kuechly but that could change if they are eliminated from the playoffs. Kuechly is a game-time decision for Monday night.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 03:12:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there's no plan to shut Luke Kuechly (concussion) down for the season.

Kuechly practiced fully all week but still needs to clear the final stage of the concussion protocol. He's on track to return after missing three games. Kuechly should start and see his regular snaps against Washington on Monday night.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 02:24:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is questionable for Week 15 against the Redskins.

Kuechly practiced in full all week, but he still has a hurdle to clear in the concussion protocol. It is similar to the situation Kuechly faced last week when he failed his final test and was forced to sit out. Kuechly should be tentatively expected to play, but it is not a given.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 12:49:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 15.

Kuechly started out "limited" last week before ultimately sitting. He's on track to return from his three-game absence, though it shouldn't be considered a given.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 03:01:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is practicing Thursday.

Kuechly looked on track to return last week, but he could not pass his final test with an independent neurologist on Saturday. It looks like he will give it another go this week. Kuechly's return would be more than welcome with a tough matchup against the Redskins looming.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 11:22:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team is not shutting down Luke Kuechly (concussion).

"No. I’ll go along with what the doctors tell me," Rivera said. "That’s the truth of the matter." Rivera's implication being Kuechly will return to the field if he is cleared. Whether that is the correct decision in a lost season is up for debate, but it ultimately might not matter after Kuechly failed to pass his final test with an independent neurologist on Saturday. The linebacker is at best questionable for Week 15.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 09:47:00 AM

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