Panthers LB Luke Kuechly out of concussion protocol

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is on his way back to the field after missing three games with a concussion.

The first-team All-Pro linebacker is out of concussion protocol and returned to the practice field on Tuesday.

NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Kuechly is "feeling great" and the plan is for him to play this weekend at Seattle.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the news.

Kuechly has played just less than two quarters this season, during which he still compiled seven tackles and a sack (!). Getting the tackling maven back on the field will be a huge boon for the Panthers.

Despite their 4-0 start, Carolina has struggled at times to slow offenses. With a mediocre pass rush, opposing offenses were able to exploit the middle of the field at times with Kuechly out -- the Panthers allowed Luke McCown to complete 81.6 percent of his passes in Week 3.

Carolina's schedule ramps up this week after a creampuff start to the season. The Panthers travel to Seattle to face a disgruntled Seahawks team before back-to-back prime-time games against the Eagles and Colts, then they host the Packers.

Kuechly's return is much needed as the Panthers attempt to keep pace with the high-flying Atlanta Falcons (5-0) and win their third straight NFC South title.

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