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Panthers Ron Rivera on Kuechly: 'He looks like Luke to me'

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly had a good day Monday, a day after an awkward hit against Jacksonville left Kuechly unsteady on his feet and put him in the NFL's concussion protocol.

"I've talked to him," Rivera said. "He looks like Luke to me."

But Kuechly still has to undergo a series of neurocognitive tests, beginning Tuesday, to determine whether he'll be available to play against Houston this weekend.

"There are steps to the protocol he has to go through and every day is a different step. (Monday) was to come in and see how he is, and he's fine," Rivera said. "(Tuesday)...