Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will meet with an independent doctor again this week in hopes of being cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol, The Charlotte Observer reports.
Kuechly has been sidelined since Week 1 due to a concussion and despite entering the final stage of league protocol last week, he was unable to receive clearance from an independent doctor ahead of Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers.
Now with the Panthers on their bye week, Kuechly will hope to be given the green light to return in the coming days and reclaim his starting position for Carolina's Week 6 game against the Seahawks.
The full practice marked his first since suffering a PCL sprain in the season opener and all but lays the groundwork for probable status upon the release of Friday's injury report. Assuming that occurs, he'll make his return Sunday in Detroit, though playing second fiddle to Chris Johnson is likely Ellington's destiny in his initial game action since Week 1.
Fells bumped from no participation Wednesday to some in Thursday's drills, but the final word on his Week 5 availability will be released Friday on the final injury report of the week. He has been targeted just eight times, hauling in six for 112 yards and one touchdown.
After missing two games due to a shoulder injury, Nelson has entered the 2-to-4 return timetable that accompanied the ailment. While it's unclear if he's progressed enough to warrant a return Sunday at Detroit, he wouldn't be much of a Fantasy threat, as the rookie is a fringe receiver when healthy.