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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has ‘good day’ Monday but remains in concussion protocol

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is helped to his feet after being injured against Jacksonville on Sunday. Kuechly did not return to action.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is helped to his feet after being injured against Jacksonville on Sunday. Kuechly did not return to action. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly had a good day Monday, but he remains in the concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury Sunday against Jacksonville.

Rivera said Kuechly has to undergo a series of tests this week, beginning Tuesday, to determine whether he’ll be available to play against Houston this weekend.

“There are steps to the protocol he has to go through and every day is a different step. (Monday) was to come in and see how he is, and he’s fine,” Rivera said. “(Tuesday) he’ll go through the next step which he’s going to have to take the baseline test, and that’ll be examined by the doctor.

“So as he goes through the process—each step—I’ll have to give you an update. But today, the only thing I was told is he’s OK.”

Rivera said he’s uncertain whether Kuechly has had previous concussions. The coach said Kuechly seemed like himself Monday.

“I’ve talked to him,” Rivera said. “He looks like Luke to me.”

The Panthers are waiting for the MRI results on offensive tackle Daryl Williams’ knee. The initial thinking is that Williams sprained his knee against the Jaguars.

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