Kuechly's absence is hardly a surprise, with the Pro Bowler still mired in the NFL's concussion protocol after suffering a head injury in Carolina's season-opening win over the Jaguars. With the Panthers set for their bye in Week 5, shutting Kuechly down against the Buccaneers on Sunday would serve as a sensible route for the defense's best player.
Cornerback Josh Norman also did not practice, but was dealing with a personal matter. He's been one of the league's most dangerous cover men this season, while doubling as a game-changing ball hawk. He kicked off the season with a pick six against Jacksonville's Blake Bortles and finished off the Saints in Week 3 with a late-game interception.
Other injuries we're tracking on this fine Thursday:
- For the second straight day, Colts quarterback Andrew Luckmade no throws in the portion of practice open to the media and was officially listed as a limited participant. Luck mostly watched as Matt Hasselbeck and Alex Tanney, the next men up if Luck were unable to play against Jacksonville, took reps with the offense.