PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 2 months ago

Kuechly is on pace for a return after getting rid of the sling that aided in the immediate recovery from surgery on the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "It's going to be a gradual process," Kuechly said. "Once everybody gets back I'll be able to do some stuff, but they are going to alter and modify what I can do. We have time so we might as well use the time."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kuechly suffered the ailment in the regular season finale but missed no time thereafter, whether it was practice or in game, and he proceeded to make history, returning an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back playoff games. In addition to the game-breaking plays against the Seahawks and Cardinals, he totaled 29 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery during the Panthers' three-game postseason run. As he proceeds through rehabilitation, Kuechly noted that he's avoiding weight-bearing exercises in favor of more cardio, namely "bike stuff and lower body stuff."

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 2 months ago

Kuechly is expected to rid himself of the sling that has so far aided in his recovery from a February procedure to repair a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, the Charlotte Observe reports. At the NFL's annual meeting Monday, head coach Ron Rivera said, "He's progressing very nicely. I think [the sling] is coming off this week. I know when you walk by [the training room], you see him doing the exercises."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kuechly didn't miss a beat after sustaining the injury in the season finale, recording 29 tackles, two interceptions for touchdowns, one sack, and one fumble recovery during the Panthers' Super Bowl run. While they ultimately fell short, the linebacker may be able to participate in portions of the offseason program with the aim of full health at the outset of training camp in July.

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 3 months ago

Kuechly is slated for offseason surgery on a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kuechly missed the first game action of his career in 2015 due to a concussion, but upon his return, he predictably stabilized the Panthers' defense, finishing the regular season with 118 tackles (76 solo), four interceptions (one pick-six), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one sack in 13 contests. While he suffered the labrum tear in Week 17, he logged all practice reps thereafter and even became the first player in NFL history to return interceptions for a touchdown in back-to-back playoff games against the Seahawks and Cardinals. It's unclear if he'll be available for OTAs and minicamp, but a full recovery is expected by the time training camp rolls around in July.

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 5 months ago

Kuechly finished the regular season with 118 tackles (76 solo), one sack, four interceptions, two forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one touchdown in 13 games played.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kuechly's overall production was hurt by him missing three games after suffering a concussion during Week 1, but on average, he once again proved to be arguably the NFL's best middle linebacker. Coming into this season, Kuechly averaged just under 10 tackles per game over his career, and his production this season was no different. Additionally, Kuechly tied his career-high with four interceptions, and scored his first touchdown as well. Although Kuechly has managed just seven sacks through four campaigns, his weekly performances continue to make him an elite IDP option going forward, and his five-year contract signed in September ensures Kuechly will lead the Panthers' defense long-term.

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 5 months ago

Kuechly notched eight tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It wasn't one of his better days this season, but the All-Pro linebacker still managed to tie for a team-high in tackles, which is almost expected at this point. Kuechly has recorded 109 tackles with two forced fumbles and four interceptions on the year, and he remains one of the better IDP's in the league.

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 5 months ago

Kuechly tallied a game high 15 tackles (10 solo) in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kuechly was as good as ever on Sunday as he recorded a game high 15 tackles for the undefeated Panthers' defense. This marked his highest total of the season, and it was the fourth time that he reached double-digits tackles. Kuechly is arguably the best middle linebacker in the game, and he provides exceptional value as and IDP.

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 6 months ago

Kuechly turned in a dominant performance in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, finishing with seven tackles and two interceptions -- with one going for a touchdown.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Carolina defense was responsible for 12 of the team's 33 points on the day, and it's no surprise that their star middle linebacker was the one behind it, as both of his picks came on back-to-back plays. While the production was more than helpful for those using Kuechly this week in IDP leagues, his continued decline in tackle production is a bit worrisome. He's now failed to notch double-digit stops in four consecutive games.

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 6 months ago

Kuechly notched eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kuechly led the team in tackles on Sunday which is no surprise anymore, in fact it's a much bigger surprise if he doesn't. The All-Pro linebacker has been battling an ankle injury over the last week, but it didn't seem to bother him against the Titans. Kuechly is the best linebacker in the business, which makes him a great IDP play each and every week.

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 6 months ago

Kuechly (ankle) is active Sunday against the Titans.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kechly practiced fully Friday and was listed as probable, so he was never expected to miss out. He continues to be a big tackle accumulator, and fantasy owners should slot him in as they normally do.

PLuke Kuechly LB CAR 6 months ago

Kuechly (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kuechly returned to practice as a limited participant Thursday, and then logged a full session Friday. There may be some lingering soreness, but Kuechly still figures to work in his usual every-down role, thus making him a top IDP option.