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."
Luke Kuechly is expected to rid himself of the sling that has so far aided in his recovery from a February procedure to repair a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, the Charlotte Observe reports. At the NFL's annual meeting Monday, head coach Ron Rivera said, "He's progressing very nicely. I think [the sling] is coming off this week. I know when you walk by [the training room], you see him doing the exercises."
Kuechly didn't miss a beat after sustaining the injury in the season finale, recording 29 tackles, two interceptions for touchdowns, one sack, and one fumble recovery during the Carolina Panthers ' Super Bowl run. While they ultimately fell short, the linebacker may be able to participate in portions of the offseason program with the aim of full health at the outset of training camp in July.
Luke Kuechly is slated for offseason surgery on a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Kuechly missed the first game action of his career in 2015 due to a concussion, but upon his return, he predictably stabilized the Carolina Panthers ' defense, finishing the regular season with 118 tackles (76 solo), four interceptions (one pick-six), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one sack in 13 contests. While he suffered the labrum tear in Week 17, he logged all practice reps thereafter and even became the first player in NFL history to return interceptions for a touchdown in back-to-back playoff games against the Seahawks and Cardinals. It's unclear if he'll be available for OTAs and minicamp, but a full recovery is expected by the time training camp rolls around in July.
Luke Kuechly finished the regular season with 118 tackles (76 solo), one sack, four interceptions, two forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one touchdown in 13 games played.
Kuechly's overall production was hurt by him missing three games after suffering a concussion during Week 1, but on average, he once again proved to be arguably the NFL's best middle linebacker. Coming into this season, Kuechly averaged just under 10 tackles per game over his career, and his production this season was no different. Additionally, Kuechly tied his career-high with four interceptions, and scored his first touchdown as well. Although Kuechly has managed just seven sacks through four campaigns, his weekly performances continue to make him an elite IDP option going forward, and his five-year contract signed in September ensures Kuechly will lead the Carolina Panthers ' defense long-term.
|P1||8/11/16||@ BAL||7:30 pm|
|P2||8/20/16||@ TEN||3:00 pm|
|1||9/8/16||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/6/16||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/19/16||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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