Luke Kuechly out, Kelvin Benjamin expected to play


The Panthers will be going without linebacker Luke Kuechly this weekend.

Kuechly suffered a concussion in last Thursday’s loss to the Eagles and he has not been able to gain clearance from the concussion protocol over the last week. As a result, the team has ruled him out for their game against the Bears in Chicago on Sunday.

David Mayo will step into the lineup for Kuechly, who also dealt with concussions the last two seasons.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been listed as questionable after missing practice the first two days of the week with a knee injury. That listing suggests Benjamin’s status is up in the air, but coach Ron Rivera said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, that Benjamin is expected to play.

The Panthers also listed center Ryan Kalil and safety Kurt Coleman as questionable. Kalil has missed five games with a neck injury and Coleman has missed the last two with a knee problem.

11 responses to “Luke Kuechly out, Kelvin Benjamin expected to play

  1. It’s sad, but Luke Kuechly needs to retire before he does himself permanent damage.

  2. Love Keuchly’s Passion and his motor on the field. Seems like a good guy as well. He needs to put his career to pasture. He’s going to probably have issues down the road if not sooner, why make it worse kid.

  3. Growing up in Mass, i HATED BC, i always rooted for Notre Dame and BU Terrier hockey. But, i love Luke. I think its time for him to consider his long term health and call it career. Go into coaching, but i hate to see him turn into slush upstairs.

  4. I don’t want these players even thinking about suing the league after they retire. They have all thin he information about concussions now. They know if they are injured. They are making a choice to play after getting hurt. Take some self responsibility.

  5. He didn’t even take a shot to the head. Not from the defender or the ground. I thought it looked like a shoulder injury. Not usually into conspiracies but… its a little weird right? I could be wrong.

  6. It sure did look like a shoulder injury but it must’ve jolted his head enough to get a concussion… Hard to watch

  7. Dude needs to retire. If he keeps playing and plays for a full career – that is probably another 8-10 concussions(whether diagnosed or not).

    Does he really need that? He made his $$…I get how much he loves the game but as a LB he is risking another one on EVERY play….

    per Ricky Watters – “For WHO? For WHAT?”

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