Sport Panthers' Luke Kuechly should consider making latest concussion scare his last

09:12  13 october  2017
09:12  13 october  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly is back in the NFL's concussion protocol less than a year after a head injury cost him six games. Kuechly needs to think hard about putting his health at further risk.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly is back in the concussion protocol. Brooks’ left arm and shoulder collided with Kuechly near his left shoulder and helmet as he went to the ground. Moments later , Kuechly paused to squat down on the field with 5:19 left in the

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Kuechly looked scared after suffering a concussion on a play that did not seem especially violent. Not just playing for us, but later in his career.” They are last in the AFC South but are just two games behind Atlanta in a jumbled division.

As Luke Kuechly continues to sit out with a concussion , other NFL players believe he should be considering his future. NFL players reportedly believe that Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly 's scary concussion should have him thinking about retirement at age 25.

CHARLOTTE, N..C. — The Panthers had the worst kind of "Thursday Night Football" deja vu in their frustrating 28-23 loss to Eagles to open Week 6 — the sight of Luke Kuechly leaving a game with a concussion.

Unlike in their midweek home matchup with the Saints in Week 11 last season, a Pyrrrhic 23-20 victory in which Kuechly ended up being lost for the final six games with a head injury that had him being carted off from the field in tears, they have a lot of meaningful games left in 2017.

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Forget how the Eagles' offense got the tying touchdown and took the lead not long after Kuechly was hurt in the red zone right before halftime.

Forget how their power running game with LeGarrette Blount suddenly sprung to life, and how Carson Wentz's confidence in the passing game picked up.

Forget how, on a night where Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense struggled for stretches, a Kuechly-less defense may have cost them a shot at winning.

Forget how they might function without him going foward and whether David Mayo can be a halfway adequate replacement at middle linebacker.

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Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has missed nine games over the last two seasons because of concussions with the last few of those came after he was cleared to return last year. Talking about concussions makes his head hurt.

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Panthers fans, media and players in Bank of America Stadium all knew that the news of Kuechly being evaluated for a concussion and then quickly being put into the protocol was more likely to have more long-term reprecussions than be another temporary setback.

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  Panthers do not believe Luke Kuechly has a concussion Let's put an end to this whole Luke Kuechly should retire from the NFL business. After receiving a hard upper body shot from Eagles guard Brandon Brooks on Thursday night, Carolina's star linebacker was pulled from the game and put into the concussion protocol.

Kuechly missed three games last season because of a concussion . The play happened late in the fourth quarter when Kuechly made a tackle. The best way to describe the scene is that Kuechly looked scared .

18 responses to “ Luke Kuechly still out of Panthers practice”. roadtrip3500 says Kuechly is one of those guys the concussion protocol was developed for. He is just too competitive for his own good. This should not be news, Kuechly should take the rest of the year at least to recuperate.

Kuechly was adamant that he didn't want to change the way he plays the game he loves so much. He was back this season going hard in pursuit on every play, showing the passion that has made him the sentimental favorite in Carolina over Newton's dabbing Superman.

Before taking on the Eagles, much was made about the Charlotte Observer story detailing how Kuechly had turned to an apparatus called a "woodpecker collar" that was designed to help prevent concussions.

Unfortunately, that was no match for Kuechly giving his typical relentless effort in an intense short-week game against an extremely tough and equally physical opponent. Kuechly showed every bit of his energy in dominating the game early with four tackles. He was headed to a monster performance.

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It doesn't seem fair for this to happen to a player who plays football the right way. But then, ask J.J. Watt about fairness: His superhero humanitarian efforts couldn't make him any more invincible on the field this season.

Watt is at a crossroads himself. A bad back injury suffered last year had him questioning his football mortality. Now he's dealing with a major leg injury, He's about to miss 24 games in his prime years, when he was supposed to further build his case as one of the NFL's greatest all-time defenders.

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Ever since Kuechly was drafted early in the first round a year after Watt in 2012, the two have been vying for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors, with Kuechly winning the one that Watt didn't from 2012-15.

Now there's another connection between Kuechly and Watt — Watt's former Wisconsin temmate Chris Borland. As a 49ers rookie in 2014, Borland looked like he would succeed Patrick Willis in San Francisco as a premier inside linebacker and was often mentioned in the same breath as Kuechly.

Borland then famously walked away from the game after only one NFL season, before the accolades, before the millions. Kuechly, like Watt, has been well-compensated, and well-honored. Given how repeated concussions have felled many great players in a most brutal sport, Kuechly has given — and received — enough to ease the difficulty of walking away.

The on-field fate of the Panthers has to be put aside now. As much as that hurts for Kuechly, the difficult decision may end up being the only decision.

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