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Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly remains in the concussion protocol nearly two weeks after he was injured during an Oct. 12 loss to Philadelphia.

Kuechly was scheduled to visit an independent neurologist on Monday, but was still in the protocol as of Tuesday, according to sources. The Panthers begin preparations for Tampa Bay with a practice Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the team continues to evaluate offensive linemen Trai Turner and Ryan Kalil after both left Sunday’s loss at Chicago with injuries.

Kalil, the Pro Bowl center, aggravated a neck injury that sidelined him for five games. Kalil, 32, is hoping to avoid going on injured reserve, a scenario in which he’d be forced to sit out another eight weeks.

Turner came out of the Bears game in the second half with a left knee injury that he did not believe was serious. There’s a chance Turner could play this week against the Bucs, sources said.

With Graham Gano popped up on the injury list with a knee problem last week, the team is working out four kickers on Tuesday, according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. This list is highlighed by former Bucs kicker Robert Aguayo, Panthers working out kickers today: Andrew Franks, Mike Meyer, Roberto Aguayo, and Younghoe Koo.
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All four are eligible for the practice squad, which is where the Panthers were trying to stash former Georgia Tech kicker and seventh-round pick Harrison Butker before the Chiefs grabbed him in September.

With Graham Gano popped up on the injury list with a knee problem last week, the team is working out four kickers on Tuesday, according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. This list is highlighed by former Bucs kicker Robert Aguayo, Panthers working out kickers today: Andrew Franks, Mike Meyer, Roberto Aguayo, and Younghoe Koo.

Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly on Friday was ruled out for Sunday’s game at Chicago with a concussion.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was listed as questionable after missing the past two days with swelling in his left knee that was surgically repaired in 2015. He practiced Friday and is expected to play against the Bears.

This will be the 10th game Kuechly has missed since 2015 after going into the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Kuechly missed three games in 2015 and six games last season after suffering a concussion. The final three games missed in 2016 came after Kuechly was cleared from the protocol, but he was held out as a precaution with the Panthers out of playoff contention.

Coach Ron Rivera said he would use the same caution with Kuechly this time, even though the Panthers (4-2) are in the thick of playoff contention.

Rivera sounded optimistic that Kuechly would not miss as much time with this one.

“Progressing nicely through the protocol,” Rivera said.

Rivera said Kuechly will see the doctor Monday morning and left open the chance that the four-time Pro Bowl selection could play Oct. 29 at Tampa Bay.

The 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was placed in the protocol after taking a hard hit to the shoulder and neck area in a 28-23 loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 12.

He was listed as did not participate in practice on Friday — as he was Tuesday through Thursday, despite participating in some individual drills during the media portion of practice each day.

The injury report said concussion protocol Wednesday, but it was changed to concussion on Thursday and remained that way Friday.

Center Ryan Kalil, who hasn’t played since the opener because of a neck injury, returned to full practice this week and is scheduled to start against the Bears.

Safety Kurt Coleman (knee) also has a chance to return after missing the past two games. He is listed as questionable.

Joining Kuechly on the officially out list are running back Fozzy Whittaker (ankle), safety Demetrious Cox (ankle) and reserve tackle John Theus (concussion).

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