In this photo taken Aug. 22, 2015 Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to pass over Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the situation says Luke Kuechly
Mike McCarn
September 13, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Carolina Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly will miss the second half of the season opener with a concussion.

Kuechly wobbled to the ground after tackling Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon late in the first half. Kuechly tried to stand up, but dropped to the ground again. He was immediately taken into the locker room, and the team later said he would not return. Shaq Thompson replaced him.

Kuechly signed a five-year, $62 million contract earlier this week.

Jacksonville left tackle Luke Joeckel won't return from a left ankle injury suffered three plays after Kuechly as hurt. Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (right calf) and receiver Allen Robinson (left knee) left in the first half, but both later returned.

Panthers backup offensive tackle Daryl Williams (right knee) left the game in the first quarter and will not return.


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