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Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, Philly Brown need to ease up after surgeries

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly waves at young fans during a May 4 Pro-Am at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Kuechly served as tight end Greg Olsen's caddie.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly waves at young fans during a May 4 Pro-Am at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Kuechly served as tight end Greg Olsen's caddie. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly and wide receiver Philly Brown are among five Carolina Panthers players who underwent offseason shoulder surgeries, leaving their status as “very limited” for OTAs (organized team activities) and minicamp, coach Ron Rivera said.

But that hasn’t stopped a couple of them from trying to jump into the on-field drills during the early phases of OTAs.

“If you’re not paying attention to them they’ll try to sneak in and get away with things,” Rivera said. “On Tuesday we had to slow Luke down a little bit. He can’t help himself.

“Philly Brown was another guy who was trying to get involved a little more than they should. So we’ve got to slow those guys down and make sure they’re following the protocol as to what they’re allowed to do.”

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