Kuechly registered eight tackles during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Atlanta.
Kuechly's high-level performance puts to rest any concerns regarding his knee injury heading into the Week 2 divisional contest. A healthy Kuechly at 100 percent should bode well for Carolina moving forward.
Kuechly played through a hyperextended knee during the Panther's season-opening victory over the Cowboys, logging 13 combined tackles. Carolina's star linebacker appears to have recovered from the minor knee issue and should be expected to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.
Kuechly was held out of the offseason program while recovering from January shoulder surgery, but his Week 1 availability hasn't ever seemed to be in doubt. He does have a worrisome medical record, however, and has missed 10 games over the past three seasons. The multiple setbacks on the health front haven't derailed Kuechly's standing as an elite IDP when he's able to take the field, however, as he's averaged 9.1 tackles per contest over that three-year stretch and has chipped in eight interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Kuechly (shoulder) said his rehab is on schedule and he still hopes to be ready for training camp, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Kuechly missed the entire offseason program while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The Panthers likely will encourage a cautious timeline for him returning to practice, as the seventh-year pro has nothing to prove besides his health. Kuechly is elite in both real-life and IDP terms, but he hasn't played a 16-game season since 2014.
Kuechly (shoulder) is expected to return to practice in time for training camp, David Newton of ESPN reports.
Kuechly has been recovering from shoulder surgery the past few months and will be missing all of Carolina's offseason program. However, he isn't expected to miss a beat once training camp begins, and barring setback he should be a full go in the 2018 regular season.
|Bye: Week 4|
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|7||10/21/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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|11||11/18/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
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|14||12/9/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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