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Carolina Panthers might hold Luke Kuechly (ankle) out of Wednesday practice

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) twisted his right ankle twice during Sunday’s victory over Green Bay. He returned to the game both times.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) twisted his right ankle twice during Sunday’s victory over Green Bay. He returned to the game both times. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly twisted his right ankle twice in Sunday’s victory over Green Bay and could miss Wednesday’s practice.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly did not suffer a high ankle sprain, which usually sidelines a player for at least a week. Kuechly will at least be limited on Wednesday with the hope of him being a full participant at Thursday’s practice.

“He’s a little stiff and sore,” Rivera said. “He’ll probably be stiff and sore the next couple of days but it shouldn’t be anything that’s going to keep him out. He may be out Wednesday.”

Kuechly injured his ankle in the first half and got taped up on the sideline without having to miss a play. He injured it a second time in the fourth quarter on a touchdown catch-and-run. He missed the ensuing 2-point conversion and was replaced by A.J. Klein.

Center Ryan Kalil, who’s coming off a high ankle sprain, will likely be limited on Wednesday. Left guard Andrew Norwell (hamstring) said it “might be tough” to play this week, but he’ll continue getting treatment.

Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards said he’ll practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 6 against Seattle.

“I feel pretty good. It’s going to be sore. It’s going to be something I’ll have to work through,” Edwards said. “But it’s definitely the best I’ve felt. It won’t be me trying to play through agonizing pain. It’ll be just playing through some soreness.”

Defensive end Charles Johnson won’t be able to return to game action until the Panthers play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day since he’s on the temporary injured reserve. But the nine-year veteran can begin practicing with the team as early as Wednesday, and Rivera expects Johnson to join them on the practice field.

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