Kuechly will miss the 2018 Pro Bowl due to a minor unspecified injury, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. Kuechly's injury is not deemed to be serious. The star linebacker will therefore miss his first Pro Bowl since his sophomore season after recording 125 tackles in 2017. Given that training camp is many months away, Kuechly's injury should not affect his availability for the 2018 season.
Kuechly finished with 125 tackles (74 solo), three interceptions, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 15 games this season. Kuechly missed nine games over the previous two seasons due to concussions, and although his lone absence this term was for the same reason, his relatively improved health saw him total at least 40 more tackles than any of his teammates. While this season marked the first time Kuechly averaged fewer than nine tackles per game, his 125 stops still ranked 10th league-wide. Additionally, he played a hand in forcing six turnovers, tying his high mark for a campaign. Thanks to such production, the 26-year-old was named to his fifth Pro Bowl in six years since entering the league, evidencing just how dominant of a player he's become.
Kuechly finished with eight tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 22-19 win over the Buccaneers. Kuechly's total included one tackle for loss and trailed only Kurt Coleman for Carolina's team lead. With just next Sunday's trip to Atlanta remaining, Kuechly sports 115 tackles this regular season.
Kuechly finished with nine tackles (eight solo) and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Saints. Kuechly led the Panthers in stops once again, bringing his tally to 89 this season. With a fumble recovery during the second quarter, the linebacker now sports three interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Kuechly registered nine tackles (four solo) and returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's 35-27 win over the Jets. Kuechly tied partner Thomas Davis for Carolina's team lead in stops, but his fourth-quarter fumble return allowed him to steal the show. Following that performance, Kuechly now boasts 80 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one touchdown on the campaign.