Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly participated in non-contact position drills Wednesday, his most extensive action since sustaining a concussion in the season opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 13.
Kuechly was not in pads and did not have on a helmet. But he ran to each of the drill stations and hit a blocking sled while Panthers coach Ron Rivera looked on.
Kuechly has been in the concussion protocol since leaving the Jaguars game before halftime following an awkward, head-first hit on running back T.J. Yeldon.
He will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can play Sunday against New Orleans.
Wide receiver Jerricho...