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Luke Kuechly | Linebacker | #59

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 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 has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12.
Kuechly had a big Thanksgiving Day game against the Cowboys, picking off a pair of passes and returning one for a touchdown. Despite missing four games earlier this season with a concussion, Kuechly has by far been Pro Football Focus' highest-graded inside linebacker. Out of 57 qualifiers, he's No. 1 both as a run defender and in coverage. He'll be in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation and probably warrants some MVP talk, as well. Wed, Dec 2, 2015 09:57:00 AM

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera does not expect MLB Luke Kuechly (ankle) to miss Week 10.

"He’s a little stiff and sore," Rivera said. "He’ll probably be stiff and sore the next couple of days, but it shouldn’t be anything that’s going to keep him out." Kuechly could miss Wednesday's practice, but he should be a full-go against the Titans. Kuechly has 55 combined tackles in five games this season.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 09:37:00 AM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly is expected to miss some practice time after tweaking his ankle in Sunday's win, but will be ready for Week 10.

Kuechly has a day-to-day sprain. He should be an every-down player against the Titans.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 01:37:00 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly is officially active for Week 6 against the Seahawks.

He sat out three games with a concussion. Kuechly has been one of the best linebackers in football since making his debut in 2012. Expect him to make life difficult for Marshawn Lynch on Sunday.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 03:08:00 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) is probable for Week 6 against the Seahawks.

Kuechly missed a whopping three games with his brain injury. His return makes a tough matchup even tougher for Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 12:16:00 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) returned to practice on Tuesday.

Kuechly is back after missing three games with a concussion. A.J. Klein filled in at middle linebacker during his absence.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 12:10:00 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) has been cleared by an independent neurologist.

He should begin practicing this week and is expected to return to the lineup against the Seahawks. Kuechly ended up missing three games with the concussion.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) will meet with an independent neurologist again this week.

Kuechly met with a neurologist last week as well, but he did not gain clearance and remains in the concussion protocol. Kuechly's recovery has taken longer than expected, but it would be a surprise if he is not ready following the Panthers' Week 5 bye.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 01:02:00 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is out for Week 4 against the Buccaneers.

Kuechly did some work with trainers this week but never made it to the practice field. For now, he's still in the league's concussion protocol. Consider him week to week.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 01:28:00 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) did not practice on Thursday.

He's still in the league's concussion protocol. Coach Ron Rivera doesn't expect him to play Sunday against the Buccaneers. A.J. Klein has been starting at middle linebacker.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 02:06:00 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly did not practice on Wednesday.

Kuechly was reportedly going to meet with an independent neurologist on Tuesday. His absence from Wednesday's practice suggests that exam did not go well. Kuechly still has a couple days to get cleared, but he is shaping up as doubtful for Week 4. With a bye next week, the Panthers may just decide to take it safe with their star linebacker.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 08:36:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) still needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist.

It is the last step Kuechly has to pass in the concussion protocol. The Panthers hope he will pass the test on Tuesday and return to practice Wednesday. After missing two weeks, it appears Kuechly is nearing a return.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 01:03:00 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) is out for Week 3 against the Saints.

Kuechly hasn't practiced since getting hurt in Week 1 and is still in the league's concussion protocol. A.J. Klein will get another start at middle linebacker. Even with Kuechly sidelined, the Panthers' defense should have a field day against Luke McCown, who is starting his first game since 2011.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 11:17:00 AM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) remains sidelined Friday and is "likely out" for Week 3 against the Saints.

Kuechly got his bell rung in Week 1 and has been out of practice ever since. He's attended practices but only in shorts and a ball cap as a spectator. Concussions can be tricky with symptoms lingering. A.J. Klein will get another start in the middle for the Panthers. Consider Kuechly questionable for Week 4.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) is not in pads for Thursday's practice.

Kuechly still has to participate in a non-contact practice before he can move to the next step in the concussion protocol. It does not appear as if that will happen Thursday. ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said he is "skeptical" Kuechly will be cleared this week. He is shaping up as doubtful for Sunday.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 11:14:00 AM