Panthers MLB Kuechly to miss game with concussion

Oct 20, 2017 - 6:00 PM The Carolina Panthers ruled out middle linebacker Luke Kuechly for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears as he remained in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Kuechly suffered a concussion in last Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He did not get clearance over the last week for practice, even though he was seen participating in some individual drills.

Kuechly missed three games in 2015 and six games last season after suffering concussions.

Coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly is "progressing nicely through the protocol."

Rivera said Kuechly will see the doctor Monday morning and he hopes the four-time Pro Bowl selection could play next week at Tampa Bay.

Kuechly, 26, has 46 tackles (29 solo), two pass breakups, one forced fumble and an interception in six games this season.

David Mayo will step into the lineup for Kuechly.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was listed on Friday's injury report as questionable after missing practice the first two days of the week with a knee injury.

The Panthers also listed center Ryan Kalil (neck) and safety Kurt Coleman (knee) as questionable. Kalil has not played since the season opener but returned to full practice this week. Coleman missed the last two games.

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