Player News - Panthers

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Carolina LB Luke Kuechly (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 14 after he failed to clear the last step in the NFL's protocol.

Kuechly suffered the concussion on November 17th against New Orleans and has not played since, although he was a full participant in practice on Friday. Carolina has been gouged for 75 points and 899 total yards of offense in the last two weeks, and the sledding won't get any easier on Sunday against a San Diego offense that scores 27.8 points per game, the third-highest total in the NFL. The Panthers D/ST is not worth starting in Week 14 with fantasy playoff games on the line.
Dec 10 - 5:50 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Chargers.

It is a surprise after Kuechly got in a full practice Friday, but it appears as if he did not pass the final test with an independent neurologist. He remains week to week. S Kurt Coleman and CB Daryl Worley were able to clear the protocol and will play against the Chargers.
Dec 10 - 11:42 AM

ESPN's David Newton reports Luke Kuechly (concussion) is expected to return in Week 14 against the Chargers.

Per Newton, Kuechly will return to the starting lineup "barring a last-second setback." Kuechly returned to a limited practice on Wednesday and was upgraded to full on Friday. Fill-in A.J. Klein will head back to the bench upon Kuechly's return.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 9 - 2:13 PM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 14.

Johnson has been having a great year, particularly as a run defender. His loss was felt as Thomas Rawls gashed the Panthers last Sunday night, and will remain a significant factor this week against Melvin Gordon.
Dec 9 - 1:21 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) is questionable for Week 14 against the Chargers.

Mario Addison (foot) and Kurt Coleman (concussion) also drew the questionable tag. Kuechly was a full participant at Friday's practice. All signs point to him suiting up this week after missing the previous two games with a concussion. Obviously it would be a huge boost to Carolina's defense. Kuechly is arguably the best middle linebacker in football when healthy.
Dec 9 - 1:16 PM

Panthers DE Mario Addison (foot, questionable) participated in Friday's practice.

The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue said Addison "had a little pop back in his step" at Friday's practice. Addison sat out Wednesday and Thursday, but this practice at least gives him a shot to play. Carolina could use their best edge rusher against Philip Rivers on Sunday.
Dec 9 - 11:44 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said Luke Kuechly "appears -- with emphasis on appears -- to be on track to return from the concussion protocol."

Kuechly practiced for the third day in a row on Friday, but Newton cautioned he still has not been cleared the protocol. That should come this weekend, but it is not a given. Kuechly will likely be listed as questionable on the final report.
Source: ESPN
Dec 9 - 11:08 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said DE Charles Johnson is week to week with a hamstring injury.

He suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to Seattle. A hamstring injury sent Johnson to I.R. in 2015. He's second on the team with four sacks this season.
Dec 7 - 5:30 PM

Panthers SS Kurt Coleman (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

He sat out last week's game with a concussion but should be on track to play against the Chargers. Coleman is 79th out of 89 qualifiers in PFF's safety grades.
Dec 7 - 5:09 PM

Luke Kuechly (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

Kuechly has missed the Panthers' past two games after suffering a concussion in the Week 11 Thursday night game against the Saints. Kuechly's concussion was one of the scarier ones, but he seems to be on his way back.
Dec 7 - 2:19 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) will be evaluated Wednesday to see if he can resume practicing.

He's missed the Panthers' last two games with a concussion. With Carolina headed nowhere this year, there's no need to rush Kuechly back, especially given his history of concussions. A.J. Klein has been filling in for Kuechly at middle linebacker.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 1:01 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said maybe the team "got ahead of ourselves" in Kelvin Benjamin's recovery from an ACL tear this offseason.

"Maybe we did get him out there too soon, too much," Rivera said. Benjamin has not been spectacular, but he has actually caught a larger percentage of his targets and averaged more yards per catch this year than his rookie season. He also is dealing with a shoulder injury which likely has nothing to do with being pushed back "too soon." The Panthers will look for answers after this lost season, but Benjamin has been fine.
Dec 5 - 12:58 PM

Greg Olsen caught 3-of-7 targets for 30 yards in Week 13 against Seattle.

Olsen's slump continued in a game Cam Newton completed 14 passes. He's now been held under 45 yards in four straight weeks. Olsen is due for some positive regression against the Chargers in Week 14.
Dec 5 - 12:36 AM

Devin Funchess caught 2-of-4 passes for 44 yards in Week 13.

Funchess wasn’t targeted in first half. He made both of his catches on the same drive in third quarter. Funchess has just three games over 40 yards this year.
Dec 5 - 12:29 AM

Ted Ginn caught 5-of-6 targets for 80 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against Seattle.

Ginn got behind the secondary for a 55-yard touchdown at the end of the first half. He didn't have any touchdowns until Week 11, but has now scored in his last three games. Ginn is on a hot streak with at least 40 yards in seven straight games. He's a boom-or-bust WR4 for Week 14.
Dec 5 - 12:27 AM


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