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Panthers LB Kuechly still in protocol


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Carolina Panthers standout middle linebacker Luke Kuechly missed practice again on Thursday and still hasn’t cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Kuechly is scheduled to meet with an independent neurologist sometime over the next 24 hours and it is uncertain whether he will be cleared to play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that Kuechly is “champing at the bit” to get back on the field. Rivera said Kuechly hasn’t suffered any setbacks.

Kuechly was injured in the second quarter of the season-opening game against Jacksonville. He sat out last Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

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