CHARLOTTE, N.C.- It's always a good sign when an injured player is at practice, but so far Luke Kuechly is still not totally in the clear.

The Panthers Pro-Bowl linebacker participated fully in Wednesday's practice for the first time since he was placed in the protocol on October 12th after a hit against Philadelphia. Kuechly's full participation at practice is the next to the last step for him to completely clear the protocol. He still will need to be cleared by an independent doctor.

Another good sign for the Panthers defense Wednesday was Kurt Coleman once again participating in practice. Coleman was limited last week at practice and questionable for last Sunday's game after suffering and MCL sprain, but according to the team he wasn't ready for the game against Chicago.

The Panthers also added to their roster Wednesday to help provide some insurance for Graham Gano who was added to the injury report last Friday for knee soreness. Carolina signed kicker Roberto Aguayo to the practice squad. Both Aguayo and Gano were at practice Wednesday, although Gano was in sweat pants and tennis shoes.

A full list of other injury updates is below:


WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee)

S Kurt Coleman (knee)

K Graham Gano (right knee)

T Matt Kalil (ankle)

LB Luke Kuechly (concussion)

RB Christian McCaffrey (wrist)

WR Curtis Samuel (ankle)

G Trai Turner (knee)


FB Alex Armah (hamstring)

WR Devin Funchess (hamstring)

QB Cam Newton (right shoulder)

RB Jonathan Stewart (toe)


DE Bryan Cox Jr. (hip)

TE Ed Dickson (ankle)

C Ryan Kalil (neck)

DE Julius Peppers (rest)

T John Theus (concussion)

RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle)