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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly watches, but does not participate in, Wednesday’s practice

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly attended Wednesday’s practice with the team but was only an observer as the All-Pro linebacker remains in the concussion protocol.

Kuechly, who suffered a concussion in the second quarter of last week’s 20-9 win against Jacksonville, took his baseline concussion test Tuesday. The results of the test are unclear at this time.

Kuechly’s status for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans remains in the air.

Kuechly came to practice at the end of the team installation period Wednesday with head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. He stretched with his teammates and chatted with fellow linebacker Thomas Davis and head coach Ron Rivera.

When the team broke for position drills, Kuechly jogged to the far field and looked on as the linebackers went through drills. Kuechly did not do any work on the side, including pedaling on an exercise bike, in the 20-minute portion of practice open to the media.

Rivera is scheduled to speak with the media around 2:15 p.m. and give an update on Kuechly’s status in the protocol.

On Monday, Rivera said Kuechly “looked like Luke to me.”

Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei returned to practice with pads and a helmet on Wednesday. Lotulelei hasn’t participated in practice since early August when he suffered a stress reaction to his surgically repaired foot.

Offensive tackle Nate Chandler (knee), fullback/tight end Richie Brockel (shoulder) and running back Jonathan Stewart (possible veteran day) were not in pads and did not practice during the portion open to the media.

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