Kuechly not mad about ejection, happy no fine

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 linebacker Luke Kuechly says he's not angry that he was wrongly ejected in the second half of Sunday's 38-17 loss to Green Bay.

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday the NFL informed him in a memo that officials made a mistake when they ejected the NFL's leading tackler when he inadvertently shrugged off an official who was trying to pull him away from a pile of players.

Kuechly said Thursday he's happy he wasn't fined.

When asked if he's mad, Kuechly said, ''I don't think mad is the right word. I just want to play football and it's hard to watch from the locker room. I'm like, `Ugh, I want to get out there and play.' But stuff happens.''

Kuechly and the Panthers play host to the Seahawks on Sunday.

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