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Kuechly was disqualified during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Packers after receiving a personal foul penalty for making contact with an official.

Kuechly's ejection came after he seemingly unknowingly swung his arm free of being restrained by a referee following a pile-up. Prior to being forced out of Sunday's blowout, Kuechly led the Panthers with eight tackles (seven solo). He has since been replaced by Ben Jacobs at middle linebacker.

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Kuechly once again led the Panthers in tackles Sunday, recording 13 stops (nine solo) against the Bengals.

Kuechly continues to build on his already impressive resume, as he's now strung together five straight games of double-digit tackles this season. Through Week 6, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year now carries 74 tackles (43 solo) and is as good as IDP options come.

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Kuechly registered a game-high 15 tackles (11 solo) Sunday against the Bears.

Kuechly entered Sunday's game as the league's leading tackler and certainly advanced his total with a season-best 15 stops Sunday. In fact, Kuechly has notched double-digit tackles in four straight games, a streak started following his nine-tackle effort in Week 1. Evidently, Kuechly is an elite IDP option and among the NFL's most consistent players on a weekly basis.

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Kuechly recorded a team-high 12 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Kuechly continues to be an elite IDP option, as the third-year linebacker has now accrued 46 tackles (23 solo) through four games. Additionally, with linebacking partner Thomas Davis (hip) injured, Kuechly's production could stand to increase further, although it's unclear whether Davis' sideline stint will extend past Sunday's game.

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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.