Rivera: NFL says Luke Kuechly wrongly ejected

Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly is confronted by back judge Steve Freeman during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. Kuechly was ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Mike Roemer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the NFL has informed him that Luke Kuechly was wrongfully ejected from Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers for contact with an official.

Rivera said Wednesday he received a memo from the league that also indicated the middle linebacker will not be fined.

Rivera says, ''I'm definitely in agreement with that. ... I appreciate what the league's response was. It doesn't help us, but it makes sense and it's a learning experience for everyone in the league.''

Kuechly, one of the team's defensive leaders, was ejected late in the third quarter of a 38-17 loss when he shrugged off an official who was pulling him from behind. Kuechly said he thought he was being pulled away by a Packers player.

Rivera said he would like to see such calls reviewable by replay officials and hopes the league will consider changing that rule during the offseason.

Kuechly was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

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