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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will miss 3rd straight game against Tampa Bay with concussion


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Panthers middle linebacker will miss his third straight game Sunday against Tampa Bay with a concussion.

Coach listed Kuechly as out Friday on the team's injury report, along with wide receiver (ankle) and offensive linemen (ankle) and (knee).

Running back (tibia) and fullback (groin) practiced Friday and are listed as probable.

Kuechly was injured in the second quarter of Carolina's season opener at Jacksonville when he collided with Jaguars running back on a tackle. He hasn't practiced or played since.

Still, the Panthers (3-0) are managing OK so far without the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Carolina has a bye next week, so Kuechly will have had four weeks off to rest.

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