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4-8, 4th in NFC South
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Panthers' Kuechly practices; still in protocol

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly returned to practice Wednesday, but he remains in the concussion protocol, leaving his status for Sunday's game against San Diego in question.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera apparently wasn't happy with the continued talk about his decision to bench NFL MVP Cam Newton for the opening series of Sunday's loss for not wearing a tie on the Saturday flight to Seattle. Here's how he opened Wednesday's press conference in a rather terse tone: "Apparently, doing what you're supposed to do doesn't seem to explain the situation, set of circumstances. So I'm going to address this one last time. OK? Again, I made a decision based on rules. Treat everybody the same. The reason you do it, especially when you're having a tough season, is because if you don't, chaos, it can consume your football team. The idea was to do the right thing treat everybody the same. I've done it before where I've had to treat people the same, and that's all I've done. That's the end of it. Please, as a football team, we would like to move forward and start focusing on the San Diego Chargers. So I'm going to ask you not to start asking questions [about it]. I'm going to talk about the Chargers, I'm going to talk about our football team going forward. Thank you.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not speak to the media today as he typically does on Wednesday. Team officials did not offer explanation. Newton did practice.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said one of the good things about preparing for San Diego QB Phillip Rivers is you don't have to prepare for him to run.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) will be week to week.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Luke Kuechly has advanced to the next step of the concussion protocol and it was good to see him running around in practice today. Said tomorrow will be a big day for Kuechly.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera starts press conference by asking that media doesn't address questions about Cam Newton and "TieGate." Said he simply was doing the right thing sticking to the rules.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly officially listed as limited on the Injury report.

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Panthers tight end Ed Dickson said MLB Luke Kuechly guarded him a few times in practice. "Whenever that guy is on the field we have a chance to win."

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) is participating in some portions of practice. He didn't hit the blocking sled. DE Mario Addison working on the side without a helmet as pictured here.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DE Mario Addison (foot) at practice but wearing a baseball cap. No sign of DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) yet, but Associated Press sportswriter Steve Reed saw Johnson walking to the parking lot with a big duffle bag.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has a helmet. Another step forward in the concussion protocol it appears.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Kurt Coleman (concussion) has helmet so he could return on at least a limited basis today.

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Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been nominated by the team for the Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award for the second straight year. Outside linebacker Thomas Davis won the 2014 award after being nominated the previous year. Olsen's foundation has raised more than $850,000 in eight years toward breast cancer research. His HEARTest Yard Fund to help families with children born with a congenital heart defect like his son T.J. was in 2012 has distributed about $1.2 million in support. "Greg has an incredible heart," Davis said. "I love the guy." Said coach Ron Rivera, "Greg's service is completely driven by love."

ESPN Stats & Information

Panthers take serious hit in FPI

An ugly defeat in Seattle dropped Carolina's rating by 1.6 and moved the Panthers down four spots overall. They also dropped significantly in offensive (four spots) and defensive (two) efficiency. Full FPI rankings

Team Stats

Passing Yards238.320th
Rushing Yards107.813th
Points For23.614th
Points Against26.828th

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