Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will not be fined for swinging his elbow and nearly hitting an official during Sunday’s 38-17 loss at Green Bay, according to an ESPN report.
Coach Ron Rivera said there was “zero chance” Kuechly would be fined by the league after his reaction to being pulled from a pile resulted in him swinging his left elbow and getting ejected from the game.
Kuechly said he has to be more aware of the situation, but he said he didn’t know the back judge was the one tugging on him. Fellow linebacker and the Panthers’ NFL Players Association rep Chase Blackburn called on the league to issue a statement saying back judge Steve Freeman was wrong to throw a flag on the play.
According to the NFL fines schedule, players who make contact with an official face a $27,562 fine.
Roster moves: In an expected move, the Panthers brought up veteran guard Chris Scott to the active roster from the practice squad.
Scott started eight games at guard for Carolina last season, and he was cut at the end of training camp. With injuries along the offensive line, especially at guard, the Panthers signed Scott to the practice squad last week. Rookie guard Trai Turner is battling knee and ankle sprains and is out for Sunday’s contest against Seattle.
Carolina added safety Robert Lester to its practice squad after a week of moving him up, around and off the roster.
Lester, a former undrafted free agent from Alabama, was cut Saturday just days after he was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. He cleared waivers Tuesday and was signed to the practice squad.
The Panthers also added tackle Martin Wallace to the practice squad. A 6-foot-6, 305-pounder, he signed with Cleveland last year as an undrafted rookie and played in one game.