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4-2, 1st in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly remains in the concussion protocol as the Panthers return from a three-day break. They practice later this morning, so it'll be interesting to see if Kuechly is on the field -- and if he is how limited he is. Before a player can be cleared from the protocol he has to resume practicing with the team with no limitations and be cleared by an independent physician.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers decision to release quarterback Brad Kaaya, per Adam Schefter, shouldn't come as a surprise. They had four on the active roster after promoting Garrett Gilbert from the practice squad. Carolina is trying to develop a third quarterback for the future behind Cam Newton and Derek Anderson. Gilbert apparently is showing more promise.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers (4-2) will stay in first place in the NFC South with Falcons (3-2) losing to Miami.

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2dAdam Schefter

Sources: Panthers' Kuechly avoided concussion

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly passed his concussion test and the team does not believe he suffered another one, league sources told ESPN.

ESPN Stats & Information

Newton climbs QB rushing list

Cam Newton's 71 yards on the ground in Thursday's loss moved him past Fran Tarkenton on the all-time list of rushing yards by a quarterback.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula couldn't say enough about the effort quarterback Cam Newton gave in Thursday night's loss to Philadelphia. “He fought like a warrior the whole game,'' Shula said. “That may have been the hardest I've ever seen him play.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Ben Jacobs said Luke Kuechly was in the stadium today for team meetings and it seems like a normal day. Like defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Jacobs said Kuechly was "fine." Jacobs also reminded he's not a doctor.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive coordinator Steve Wilks said he talked to Kuechly on Friday morning and “he's perfectly fine in the conversation he and I had.'' While this is no indication that Kuechly is close to getting out of the concussion protocol, Wilks added, “It's always encouraging, not just from a standpoint of Luke getting back on the field, but with his health. It's good to know he was feeling a lot better today, in good spirits, and being his old self. I'm excited about that.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks said he talked to middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, who went into the concussion protocol on Thursday night, and he feeling better today. "Luke is fine, ‘' Wilks said.

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How serious is Kuechly's concussion? (2:29)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks calls Thursday's loss to Philadelphia a "speed bump."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera: "We're still a good football team." Reminds Carolina is 4-2 and had a chance to beat a good Philadelphia team Thursday night despite all the mistakes and loss of Luke Kuechly.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he hasn't talked to Luke Kuechly or team doctors since the middle linebacker went into the concussion protocol for the third time in as many years.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers statement on last night s incident with a fan sucker punching another in the stands, a moment that was captured on video and placed on social media: "We have reviewed video tape of the incident and have identified the perpetrator. We are working with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to pursue charges to the fullest extent of the law. "The Carolina Panthers are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience. The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the most disappointing part of last night's loss was "we flat out missed some blocks" when the offense had a chance to be productive.

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4dDavid Newton

Man in fight at Eagles-Panthers game arrested

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested Kyle Adam Maraghy and charged him with simple assault in connection with an incident in the stands at the Carolina Panthers game Thursday. He is being taken to jail.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers are looking into an incident that occurred in the stands last night in which a fan wearing a black Cam Newton No. 1 jersey punched another fan in the face and drew blood. “We are reviewing the incident with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department,'' team spokesman Steven Drummond said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Taking Cam Newton out of the equation, Carolina running backs in the last two games have combined for 34 rushes for 29 yards and no touchdowns. Starting back Jonathan Stewart had eight carries for minus-4 yards in Thursday night's loss to the Eagles. He has 17 yards on 26 carries the past two games. Too many negative plays in the running game and that has to be corrected.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said the reason he took three deep shots on the next-to-last drive was the Eagles didn't have a deep safety. Once it appeared tight end Ed Dickson was open on an intermediate route that could have set up a big gain. "We have to communicate better offensively to be on the same page,'' Newton said. "When we do that I think the outcome is better.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers said the reason he didn't let Graham Gano attempt a 58-yard field goal on the last play of the first half was "we were into a crosswind.'' But had Gano connected it would have changed the approach in the final minutes with Carolina then needing a field goal instead of a touchdown to win.

Team Stats

Passing Yards228.017th
Rushing Yards95.522nd
Points For21.317th
Points Against20.3Tied-9th

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