Kuechly has now totaled 21 tackles through Carolina's first two games, which is remarkably the sort of production onlookers have come to expect since he entered the league five years ago. Arguably the NFL's best linebacker, Kuechly's interception Sunday marked the 12th of his career. Looking ahead, the 25-year-old could be in store for another big game this weekend against the Vikings, who could be without star running back Adrian Peterson (knee).
Kuechly was all over the field Thursday, making one tackle for loss and starting the campaign with yet another double-digit tackling performance. The All-Pro linebacker is as good of an IDP option as they come and will lead the
Kuechly underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair a partially torn labrum suffered Week 17 versus the Bucs. His recovery has reportedly been setback-free, and, now cleared for training camp, he should be set to patrol the middle of the
Kuechly suffered a partial labrum tear in Week 17 last season, yet still managed to record 29 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, four passes defensed and two interceptions (both returned for TDs) in three playoff games. He had offseason surgery and was thus limited to team drills during OTAs and minicamp, but his availability for training camp has never been in much question. Still only 25, Kuechly will look to get back north of 150 tackles after a concussion cost him three games last year.
Luke Kuechly is on pace for a return after getting rid of the sling that aided in the immediate recovery from surgery on the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "It's going to be a gradual process," Kuechly said. "Once everybody gets back I'll be able to do some stuff, but they are going to alter and modify what I can do. We have time so we might as well use the time."
Kuechly suffered the ailment in the regular season finale but missed no time thereafter, whether it was practice or in game, and he proceeded to make history, returning an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back playoff games. In addition to the game-breaking plays against the Seahawks and Cardinals, he totaled 29 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery during the Carolina Panthers ' three-game postseason run. As he proceeds through rehabilitation, Kuechly noted that he's avoiding weight-bearing exercises in favor of more cardio, namely "bike stuff and lower body stuff."
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