After skipping the Pro Bowl due to an unknown injury, Kuechly arrived at Phase 1 of the offseason program earlier this week and proceeded to take part in both strength and conditioning work. With his health and pay structure determined, he can focus on extending his 100-plus tackle streak to eight seasons to begin his career.
Kuechly (undisclosed) did not play in Sunday's Pro Bowl due to an injury, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.
The specifics surrounding Kuechly's situation aren't clear, but there's been nothing to suggest the linebacker is nursing a severe injury. He was replaced by Cowboys rookie Leighton Vander Esch.
Kuechly finished the 2018 regular season with 130 tackles (93 solo), two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception in 16 games played.
Kuechly played his first full season since the 2014 campaign, easing recent concerns over his health. In suiting up for all 16 contests, Kuechly comfortably led the Panthers in tackles and ranked eighth league-wide in the category. While his per-game tackling average was slightly below his career mark, Kuechly still hit double figures on seven occasions. With a hand in forcing a few turnovers as well, Kuechly maintained his status as an elite IDP option. Although he'll miss long-time running mate Thomas Davis next season, there's nothing to suggest Kuechly won't remain one of the best linebackers around.
Kuechly finished with 13 tackles (11 solo) and batted a pass in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
Kuechly paced the Panthers in tackles, with his total including two stops for loss. The All-Pro linebacker has now posted double-digit tackles in four of his last five games, bringing his season tally to 124 with two contests remaining.
Kuechly finished with 11 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
Kuechly's total included 2.5 stops for loss. Although the Panthers have experienced quite the slump lately, Kuechly has posted double-digit tackles three times over their current five-game losing streak. Overall, that production has brought his total to 111 stops with three games left in the regular season.
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