The Carolina Panthers could get Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly back this week from the concussion protocol, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday.
Kuechly has missed two consecutive games after he sustained a concussion in a Week 1 win at Jacksonville.
But Rivera said Kuechly has progressed in the protocol and he believes Kuechly is scheduled to meet with an independent neurologist Tuesday, the final step before a player can return to practice and games.
In other injury news, defensive end Charles Johnson will miss multiple weeks after aggravating a right hamstring injury in the second half Sunday against New Orleans.
Also, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery remains sidelined with a high ankle sprain. Cotchery missed the Saints game and probably won’t return until after the Panthers’ bye Oct. 11.
Outside linebacker Thomas Davis has a pectoral injury he sustained against the Saints. Rivera doesn’t think Davis’ injury is serious, but won’t know for sure until after Davis undergoes an MRI exam.