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Report: Luke Kuechly to have shoulder surgery

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:  Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers scores a touchdown after intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly didn’t miss any time down the stretch because of a left shoulder injury, but he reportedly suffered one in Week 17 that’s going to require offseason surgery.

Jonathan Jones and Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer report that Kuechly will have surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder. Kuechly is expected to be healthy in time for training camp, but his status for the team’s offseason workouts and OTAs is unclear.

Kuechly reportedly suffered the injury late in the first half of the regular season finale and played the second half of the game with a brace. He was well enough to lead all players in tackles during the postseason and return interceptions for touchdowns against both the Seahawks and Cardinals.

Fellow starting linebacker Thomas Davis will be rehabbing from the broken forearm he suffered in the NFC championship game and defensive ends Mario Addison and Ryan Delaire are also set for shoulder surgery this offseason.

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29 Responses to “Report: Luke Kuechly to have shoulder surgery”
  1. lenthevikesfan says: Feb 16, 2016 7:36 PM

    He gets my vote for best linebacker in the league.

  2. kingpel says: Feb 16, 2016 7:40 PM

    You may hate the Panthers, but you have to admit that Kuechly and Davis are beasts.

  3. keeppounding says: Feb 16, 2016 7:56 PM

    I had this surgery while playing college ball. 3 month recovery time. No big deal.

  4. tindeaux says: Feb 16, 2016 7:56 PM

    i don’t like the panthers, but i have great admiration for Kuechly.
    Just the guy who’s called “face of the franchise” dabbed too much that got me sick of the panthers. But yeah, Kuechly gets my vote as the best LB in the league.

  5. Seprix says: Feb 16, 2016 7:59 PM

    Luke is a monster on the field. Wish him the best!

  6. omgspaz says: Feb 16, 2016 8:01 PM

    Kuechly played lights out the first two games and as well as any Panthers defender not named Kony Ealy in the SB…all on a partially torn labrum. Much respect, dude is a beast

  7. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 16, 2016 8:03 PM

    If you believe he is the best linebacker in the nfl…you must be racist.
    S. King

  8. charltonhestonsvest says: Feb 16, 2016 8:16 PM

    Love this guy. Cam could learn a lot from him.

  9. bmacwillconn says: Feb 16, 2016 8:39 PM

    Kuechly’s a tremendous player. Too bad great players get injured so often in football. His teammate Davis, Sean Lee, Jared Mayo’s retirement due to chronic injuries, on and on.

    Nobody should give any NFL player crap for trying to get as much guaranteed contract money as possible from these vulture owners.

  10. intrafinesse says: Feb 16, 2016 8:59 PM

    Not a Panthers fan, but he’s a great player and I hope he has a speedy and full recovery.

  11. eagles1960 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:06 PM

    Linebacker with a bum shoulder is no joke. He’s done bloke.

  12. huh6016 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:13 PM

    So that’s why the Panthers lost.

  13. maverick2560 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:15 PM

    I agree with bmacwillcon no fans should criticize these guys. Lb’s
    like Mayo, Davis, Lee, Cushing ( and others ) are always around the ball. This can lead to injuries, often from friendly fire. Kuechly is a great player. I love seeing players like him fly to the ball. They all
    play so hard that at times during games that forget the risk of injury.
    How can you criticize players who play all out?

  14. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 16, 2016 9:30 PM

    Best linebacker? Heck, best defensive player in the NFC.

  15. veetan says: Feb 16, 2016 10:16 PM

    Great player. Team had a good run – mostly by Luke’s defensive squad. But all those injuries to key players means it’s over. That’s just one of many reasons that SB champs can’t repeat & runner-ups often don’t even make the playoffs the next year.

  16. keeppounding says: Feb 16, 2016 11:01 PM

    Lol I didn’t have that surgery? It wasn’t a 3 month recovery time.. It was a huge deal. I guess I don’t understand all the thumbs down. But it’s cool.

  17. charger383 says: Feb 16, 2016 11:09 PM

    while you are recovering stay out of the Lucky Tank

  18. jmethane says: Feb 16, 2016 11:13 PM

    The pick six against Russell Wilson is basically why the Seahawks fell 7 pts short of the comeback. That was the killer. Great lb. Then he did it again the next week vs Arizona to be the only guy with back to back pick six in the playoffs? Correct me if I am wrong but it was something like that.

    And all that with a partially torn labrum? The painkillers must be gooooooood.

  19. whoareyoutoquestionme says: Feb 17, 2016 12:26 AM

    He’s a hands down stud. Deserves to play with a QB that has better leadership qualities.

  20. quinzze says: Feb 17, 2016 7:58 AM

    As good as he is he couldn’t make a one on one tackle on the goal line with the Super Bowl on the line. I wonder if that injury had something to do with that play?

  21. harbor6261 says: Feb 17, 2016 8:14 AM

    Hate we lost the Super Bowl – but no one can question the team’s toughness. Two starters played with broken bones and one with a torn labrum. #KeepPounging.

  22. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 17, 2016 8:58 AM

    Good luck Luke! Labral tears and the surgery are no joke (I’ve had 3 on one shoulder).. Wearing that sling for 6 weeks = TERRIBLE.. Enjoy the meds🙂

  23. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 17, 2016 9:00 AM

    keeppounding says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:56 PM

    I had this surgery while playing college ball. 3 month recovery time. No big deal.
    ———————————–
    Lucky you….I’m still suffering…

  24. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 17, 2016 9:54 AM

    omgspaz says:

    Kuechly played lights out the first two games and as well as any Panthers defender not named Kony Ealy in the SB…all on a partially torn labrum. Much respect, dude is a beast
    ———————————————————-
    Actually, he got run over like a speed bump on several running plays, including Denver’s game clinching TD. And with all due respect, he was beaten and out of position in the Seattle game when Wilson threw the ball behind Lynch and right to him.

    Between this and the concussion it might just be that we’ve seen the best of this guy. Hope not he’s a good player but some guys bodies can’t take the beating of the NFL.

  25. qdog112 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:10 AM

    The injury would explain why so many RBs ran through his tackles, down the stretch. Not a good for a player who as a LB has to use his shoulders on every play.

    Should take all the time he needs, even if it’s a 1/4 into the regular season. Should not come back too early or risk a chronic problem.

    Get rest and get well Luke.

  26. whoareyoutoquestionme says: Feb 17, 2016 10:44 AM

    More Breaking News: following review of SB 50 game tape, Head Coach Ron Rivera called QB cam Newton to discuss certain aspects of the game. From a source, Newton yelled at his Coach “Who are you to judge me? What makes your way more right than mine?” Newton then told Rivera that Muhammad Ali is the Cam Newton of boxing and hung up on him. More on this story as details surface.

  27. kneedragr says: Feb 17, 2016 10:58 AM

    I remember when Jim Lachey tore his labrum, he was never the same.

  28. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Feb 17, 2016 1:13 PM

    Time to call Dr. Shortt. Reduce the ol’ recovery time.

  29. jgedgar70 says: Feb 17, 2016 5:04 PM

    There’s something in the water around here. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Hornets had this injury in the preseason, came back after 4 months, played 7 games and tore it again when an Indiana player fell on him. Just had surgery today. Now Luke, Addison and Delaire all have the same injury. Yikes!

    At least, with a 4-6 month recovery period, all of them will be back in time for their next seasons to start.

    Now we just have to figure out what’s tearing all the labrums in Charlotte……..

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