The fact that Kuechly was out at practice, though not in pads, was at the very least an encouraging sign for Carolina.
The Panthers got better news on the Ryan Kalil front. The offensive lineman, who's been out since Week 2 with a neck injury, showed up to practice in full pads and worked out. After practice, Rivera said his center moved around well, giving the team hope he'll be ready for the Panthers' tilt with the Chicago Bears this weekend.
Here's a look at other injury notes we're tracking Tuesday:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston won't start throwing until later in the week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Winston suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder on Sunday and is considered day-to-day. His status for the Bucs' game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday is up in the air.
- The Detroit Lions announced quarterback Matthew Stafford (ankle), offensive lineman T.J. Lang (undisclosed), safety Glover Quin (groin), receiver Golden Tate (shoulder), receiver TJ Jones (undisclosed), defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson (undisclosed), offensive lineman Greg Robinson (ankle), defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah (knee) and defensive end Anthony Zettel (undisclosed) all sat out practice. Punter Sam Martin, who missed the first six games of the season with ankle injury, returned to practice.
- Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said receiver Albert Wilson (knee), who did not practice Tuesday, is "getting better." Running back Charcandrick West also did not practice and remains in concussion protocol. Receiver Tyreek Hill (neck) practiced fully Tuesday after Reid said the speedster did not suffer a concussion and was never in the protocol. Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee) was limited for the second straight game.
- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters that offensive lineman Luke Joeckel will likely miss 4-5 weeks after knee surgery last week. Carroll also said pass rusher Cliff Avril is continuing to see specialists regarding his injured neck/shoulder. Defensive lineman Malik McDowell (concussion) has begun working with trainers, Carroll added.
Carroll said running back C.J. Prosise "looks like he's ready to go" this week.
Coach Mike Mularkey told reporters that running back DeMarco Murray is dealing with hamstring tightness but didn't miss anything, according to PaulKuharksy.com.