Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly will meet with the independent neurologist again this week in what the team hopes is his final step in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Kuechly, who signed a $63 million extension last month, hasn't played since an awkward, head-first hit on Jacksonville running back T.J. Yeldon in Week 1.
Kuechly visited the independent doctor last week, but was not cleared to return to practice.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sounded optimistic about Kuechly's chances this week following the first known concussion of Kuechly's pro career.
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