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Kuechly managed 11 tackles (three solo) during Sunday's 24-7 win over the Lions.

Kuechly now boasts 20 tackles through two weeks this season, which perfectly matches his career average of 10 stops per game. In addition to nearly being credited with a forced fumble, the third-year linebacker defended two passes Sunday, further displaying his versatility. The leader of the Panthers' stout defense, Kuechly will go against the Steelers next Sunday night.

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Kuechly recorded nine tackles (seven solo) and one sack in Sunday's Week 1 win over Tampa Bay.

Kuechly tied for Carolina's team lead in total tackles and also took down opposing quarterback Josh McCown to boost his fantasy performance Sunday. In fact, following just two regular season sacks last year, Kuechly unsurprisingly already seems destined to set a new career-high this time around. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is an elite IDP option that at least nears double-digit tackles on a weekly basis.

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Kuechly (thumb) will wear a protective brace and cast on his right thumb for at least a couple more weeks, but will continue to practice and play during the regular season, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kuechly hyperextended his thumb during the Panthers' second preseason game and has since sported protective gear in subsequent practice sessions. While the reigning Defensive Player of the Year did not tear any ligaments, he has acknowledged that the ailment causes slight discomfort on occasion. Nonetheless, Kuechly has not been limited during practice and is full-go to play in Week 1 versus the Buccaneers this Sunday.

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Kuechly is currently nursing a hyperextended right thumb, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kuechly hurt his thumb in a recent preseason outing and will now sport a protective cast until the ailment subsides. Given that Thursday marks the Panthers' final exhibition outing, the NFL's reigning Defensive Player of the Year will almost certainly sit out the entire game. Despite the injury, Kuechly is expected to be ready to play in Carolina's Week 1 opener at the Buccaneers and remains an elite IDP option for fantasy owners.

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Associated Press named Luke Kuechly its 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.

It's the second straight year Kuechly has won a major award after being named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. He was best player on a defense that allowed the second fewest points in the NFL this season, finishing with 156 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions. Kuechly's Week 16 performance against the Saints likely solidified his DPOY candidacy. He received a total of 19 votes to beat out Robert Mathis (11.5), Earl Thomas, (7.5), Robert Quinn (6), Richard Sherman (4), and J.J. Watt (2).

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Luke Kuechly's 24 tackles in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Saints are the most in the NFL since David Harris' 24 in 2007.

It was a performance for the ages in one of the biggest games for the Panthers since their 2004 Super Bowl run. Kuechly, who won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award last season, put an exclamation point on his Defensive Player of the Year candidacy for this year. He's the key cog in a defense that has allowed the fewest points in the NFL this season.

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After film review, Panthers coaches credited NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly with a franchise record 205 tackles in 2012.

Kuechly, who received 28-of-50 DROY first-place votes, broke James Anderson's team record. The NFL officially credited Kuechly with 164 tackles, as he became the first rookie to lead the league in the statistic since 49ers MLB Patrick Willis did it in 2007. Kuechly acknowledged that he felt "more comfortable" after Carolina moved him from weak-side linebacker to the middle early in the season, and he will remain the Panthers' "Mike" backer in 2013.

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Luke Kuechly was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

It was an easy choice. Kuechly led the NFL in tackles (164) this season and started all 16 games as an every-down linebacker in Carolina's 4-3 defense. The Panthers are only the fourth team in NFL history to have back-to-back offensive or defensive rookies of the year. The No. 9 overall pick in this past season's draft, Kuechly graded out as a top-eight inside linebacker by Pro Football Focus. Bobby Wagner finished second in the AP voting, followed by Casey Hayward (6), Janoris Jenkins (3), and Lavonte David (3).

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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL in tackles with 164 this season.

Kuechly is the first rookie to lead the league in tackles since Patrick Willis did it in 2007 and it's not a fluke. He sheds tackles and goes sideline-to-sideline at an elite level right now. He also made an absurd 532 tackles in three seasons at Boston College before declaring for the draft. Kuechly will stick in the middle next year, meaning Jon Beason will have to find a new spot.

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Panthers head coach Ron Rivera strongly suggested that Luke Kuechly will man the middle when Jon Beason returns next season.

"When you look at the different skill sets, I think Jon's got the skill sets to play inside and outside a little bit more than Luke does. Luke's skill set lends more toward being an inside guy. So we'll see," Rivera said Thursday. Kuechly is currently second in the league with 138 total tackles, which ties James Anderson's team record for tackles that Anderson established last year.