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Panthers LB Kuechly likely to sit versus Saints

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Standout middle linebacker Luke Kuechly is expected to miss his second consecutive game due to a concussion when the Carolina Panthers face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Kuechly was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report but coach Ron Rivera indicted that he will probably be downgraded to out on Saturday.

“He saw the doctor but he’s still in the protocol,” Rivera told reporters. “We’re just trying to be smart and go through the process of the protocol.”

The 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year suffered the injury during the season-opening game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 13.

Kuechly didn’t miss a game in his first three NFL seasons.


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