QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
1 month ago

Kuechly was held out of team drills Wednesday due to tightness in his lower back, ESPN's David Newton reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kuechly was held out of Wednesday's practice merely as a precaution, so this injury doesn't appear to be anything severe. It wouldn't be surprising if he was back on the field in the next day or so.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
2 months ago

Kuechly (concussion) has been fully cleared for the start of offseason workouts, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kuechly missed the final six games of last season while recovering from a concussion, though he did say he was medically cleared around Week 13 or 14, which suggests he might have played the final few games if Carolina had been in the playoff hunt. A concussion also cost him three games the previous season, but his risk for additional head injuries may not be quite as bad as it initially seems, considering he didn't have a documented history of concussion in the NFL prior to 2015. Kuechly still produced at his usual elite level on a per-game basis the past two seasons, averaging 9.6 tackles while recording five interceptions, three forced fumbles and three sacks in 23 appearances.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
5 months ago

Kuechly, who finished this season with 102 tackles (71 solo), two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery, will be ready for spring practices after missing six games due to a concussion, ESPN's David Newton reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kuechly was held out of Carolina's final six games after suffering his second concussion in two years in the Panthers' Week 11 contest against the Saints. Prior to then, the All-Pro linebacker averaged over 10 tackles per game, continuing to be a dominant IDP commodity. While his concussion history raises some concern over his long-term outlook, Kuechly will be back in action when the Panthers start spring practices and will look to remain healthy in 2017.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Kuechly (coach's decision) won't take the field Sunday in Tampa Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Despite clearing the final stage of the concussion protocol on Dec. 17, Kuechly hasn't had the ear of head coach Ron Rivera, who has remained steadfast in the decision-making process as it pertains to the All-Pro middle linebacker on game day. Wrapping up his fifth campaign with six consecutive DNPs, Kuechly still managed to reach the century mark in tackles (102, to be exact). Moreover, his playmaking was evident, as he notched six passes defended (including one interception), two sacks, and one forced fumble in 10 contests.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Kuechly is listed as inactive Saturday against the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Head coach Ron Rivera (and, by proxy, the Panthers) will continue to take no risks with their top defensive player and veritable quarterback of the defense, despite being one week removed from emerging from the concussion protocol. Kuechly is this in danger of missing the rest of the season, especially if the Panthers are officially eliminated from postseason consideration Saturday.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Kuechly is not listed on the Panthers' injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Kuechly has cleared concussion protocol and resumed practicing in a full capacity, but with his long-term health in mind, Carolina may still elect to hold him out of its final two contests. According to coach Ron Rivera, his status will be announced Saturday, so his situation will need to continue to be monitored despite him not appearing on the team's injury report.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that the Panthers will decide Kuechly's status for Week 16 either Thursday or Friday, Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated reports. "I'm crossing my fingers every week that they're going to give me the thumbs up to go," Kuechly stated Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

It's no secret that Kuechly is raring to get back on the field, which could have happened this past weekend after he received clearance from the concussion protocol Saturday. From the Panthers' standpoint, though, a prudent approach will be followed with their All-Pro linebacker after his second serious head injury in a 14-month span. One way or another, Kuechly's availability doesn't appear as if it'll come down to a game-time call, benefiting those owners in IDP formats.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Head coach Ron Rivera said after Monday's win at Washington that "we'll see" regarding Kuechly's (concussion) availability for the final two games of the season, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Two games out of the last wild-card spot, the 6-8 Panthers need all the dominoes to fall perfectly for a fourth consecutive playoff berth. However, they kept their fleeting hopes alive with the Week 15 win, which could be enough for Rivera and the training staff to give Kuechly the all-clear. Two days removed from passing through the concussion protocol, Kuechly will look to suit up for the first time since Week 10 this Saturday versus the Falcons.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Kuechly (concussion) won't play Monday night against Washington.

EDGE Analysis

Though Kuechly cleared the NFL's concussion protocol Saturday, the Panthers opted to play it safe with the veteran linebacker and he'll be made inactive by the team Monday. Kuechly, who last suited up on Nov. 17, recorded 102 tackles and two sacks in 10 games before suffering his concussion.

QLuke Kuechly
LB CAR (11)
6 months ago

Kuechly has cleared the league's concussion protocol, according to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer, but remains questionable for Monday's game against the Redskins,

EDGE Analysis

Kuechly has finally been cleared of concussion symptoms after taking a shot to the head nearly a month ago, but given the length of his absence and the slim chances the Panthers now have to make he playoffs, there is a chance he is still held out of Monday's matchup. A final call on Kuechly's Week 15 availability figures to be made at some point on game day.