Luke Kuechly not cleared, will miss first game of career

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Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly has not been cleared to return after suffering a concussion last week.

The Panthers announced today that Kuechly is out Sunday against the Texans. It’s the first game Kuechly has missed in his career.

A.J. Klein will start at middle linebacker, and rookie linebacker David Mayo will be active as well.

The Panthers did get some good news on defense, as defensive tackle Star Lotulelei appears to be ready to play after missing Week One with a foot injury.