Ron Rivera

Kuechly In NFL Concussion Protocol

Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly is in the NFL's concussion protocol, an expected development following the emotional scene that unfolded Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium.

It's the second concussion in as many seasons for Kuechly, one of the Panthers' most popular and successful players. Kuechly was crying and had trouble catching his breath while he was carted off with about five minutes left in the Panthers' 23-20 victory over New Orleans.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly was in the protocol, but offered little additional information on Kuechly's condition at his news conference Friday.

"It's all very concerning," Rivera...