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Will Panthers’ Luke Kuechly return Sunday? Philip Rivers ready

Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

There’s a chance that Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, working through the NFL’s concussion protocol, could return to the lineup for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

With that in mind, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is preparing for the Panthers as if Kuechly will play, according to ESPN’s David Newton.

“It would be crazy for me not to say that they are different with him in there," Rivers told Newton. “I mean, you are talking about, to me, the best inside backer in the game."

San Diego coach Mike McCoy adds plenty of praise for Kuechly as well.

Kuechly, along with safety Kurt Coleman and rookie cornerback Daryl Worley, could play Sunday if they pass the final test in the concussion protocol, according to Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

▪  Sunday’s game (1 p.m., Fox) could be the last visit the San Diego Chargers ever make to Bank of America Stadium.

There’s a catch here, of course. The next time they play in Charlotte, the Chargers likely will call Los Angeles home, reports NBA Bay Area reporter Fred Roggin.

Roggin writes Friday that a Chargers move to L.A. is almost a done deal, citing multiple sources.

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