Panthers decide to keep Kuechly out

AP

The Panthers have decided to keep linebacker Luke Kuechly out of Monday night’s game at Washington.

Kuechly had missed the last three games due to a concussion. Kuechly recently cleared the league’s concussion protocol and was listed as questionable, but with the Panthers playing for next year the team decided to keep Kuechly out.

Last weekend, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team would “have to balance our enthusiasm with what’s best for Luke and the team long term.”

The Panthers had previously announced that defensive end Charles Johnson and offensive tackle Daryl Williams would be out. The Redskins had previously listed safety/linebacker Su’a Cravens as out and linebacker Will Compton as doubtful. Compton is out, but the Redskins have no other injury-related inactives.

The Redskins’ other inactives are quarterback Nate Sudfeld, offensive lineman Vinston Painter, offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger, running back Matt Jones and wide receiver Rashad Ross. As expected, tight end Jordan Reed will play despite a shoulder injury.

The 7-5-1 Redskins are trying to play themselves into a playoff spot over the final three games.

8 responses to “Panthers decide to keep Kuechly out

  1. I’m a fan of the kid and wish him the best but the Panthers just need to stop the posturing. This is the second time in as many seasons that he has missed multiple games from a concussion so it is clearly a major issue and he unfortunately may be a lot closer to the end of his career than anyone wants to say.

    Put him on IR and use his roster spot to evaluate somebody else in these final games. The current situation isn’t working to anyone’s advantage.

  2. Good. They’d be fools to play him. Concussions are additive…. actually, it’s even worse than that: they are some sort of multiplier…. 1 concussion plus one concussion = some amount of relative “bad” that exceeds the sum of the two individual concussions.

    He’s on thin ice… probably should just hang up the cleats. The risks are too high and clearly he’s concussion-prone. On the flip side there’s millions and millions of reasons for him to try and milk this career for at least another year or two.

    Prediction: his production drops off as he ratchets down the intensity and tries to avoid more brain injuries. And this will be his last NFL contract. And I don’t blame him one iota.

  3. Hell of a player, nothing but respect, but man does it take him longer then the average player to heal from a concusion.

  4. Good decision. He does not need to play this game. He is a great player
    and competitor. He needs to be respected for his accomplishments
    and his play. Fans need to understand how brutal the play is and
    stop calling players ” made of glass “. Many times it is the players who give it all who end up getting hurt….then fans take shots.
    Nfl players do not get fully guarenteed contracts often getting about
    50 percent of the second contract they sign. Even if they are somewhat
    elite they get no where what baseball and basketball players get …with
    far more risk.

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