Kuechly sits out Monday practice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Luke Kuechly was at the Panthers practice facility on Monday but did not take the field.

Kuechly is still in concussion protocol after the All-Pro middle linebacker suffered a hit to the head making a tackle in Thursday night's win over the Saints.

Head Coach Ron Rivera would only say that Kuechly was in the concussion protocol, and would not speculate on his potential return.

"There is no timetable," Rivera said.

Kuechly missed three games with a concussion in 2015.

It was a disturbing scene on Thursday night, with Kuechly sobbing and seemingly having trouble breathing as he was carted off of the field.

Rivera did not know if his emotions were due to the concussion or just Kuechly's nature.

"He's an emotional young man," Rivera said. "That's the only thing I can tell you."

The sight was enough to shake up fans, viewers of a nationally televised game, and even teammates.

"This is a great game we play," said defensive tackle Kawann Short. "This is what we signed up for. It could happen to you the next play."

WEST COAST SWING

The Panthers will travel to Oakland on Sunday to face the Raiders and will stay out west ahead of their December 4 game against Seattle.

At 4-6, but still just two games behind first-place Atlanta, Rivera wants his team to be hyper focused.

"We've left ourselves very little wiggle room," Rivera said. "I wanted them to make sure they understood what's next."

The team will practice at San Jose State between the two games.

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