Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles and will start in place of Shaq Thompson (knee), Max Henson of the Panthers' official website reports. Klein was a useful IDP while filling in for Luke Kuechly earlier this season, but with both Kuechly and Thomas Davis now healthy, Klein won't have a three-down role in Sunday's game. Shaq Thompson (knee) has yet to reach 50 snaps in a game.
Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein (concussion) is listed as probable for the Sunday game against the Eagles. Klein may replace shelved Shaq Thompson as the starter at strongside linebacker, but the rookie only has a two-down role, which means Klein can be ignored in Individual Defensive Player leagues.
Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein (concussion) will not play Sunday in Seattle. It remains to be seen if the Panthers will keep starter Luke Kuechly (concussion) on a pitch count in his return. With Klein sidelined, there's a good chance that won't happen.
Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein (concussion) was again limited in practice Thursday but expects to suit up Sunday at Seattle, per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. Klein fared well at middle linebacker in place of Luke Kuechly, totaling 23 tackles (14 solo) and an interception in three games. After the Week 5 bye, it was revealed that Klein had entered the protocol for head injuries, but the linebacker himself doesn't believe that he had a concussion. Rather, he came down with headaches and some sickness, and the Panthers subsequently exercised caution by putting him in the protocol.
Klein was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a concussion, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Klein was afforded three starts in a row following Luke Kuechly's concussion in the opener, racking up 23 tackles (14 solo) and one interception during that stretch. However, Klein is dealing with concussion symptoms, even after the Panthers' Week 5 bye, and must emerge from the protocol for head injuries in order to play Sunday at Seattle. His presence would help keep Kuechly on the prescribed "pitch count," but the established IDP force could have a full allotment of snaps at his disposal immediately upon his return.