CHARLOTTE, NC - 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 dressed out and participated in the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday, but the Panthers have not announced any updates about him progressing out of the concussion protocol.
Kuechly met with an independent doctor Monday, a requirement to be cleared from the concussion protocol. He has been in the protocol since October 12th after a hit against Philadelphia in a Thursday Night Football matchup.
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 and statuses for the portion of practice open to media is below:
Trai Turner (injured knee Sunday vs. Chicago)
DID NOT PRACTICE
Ryan Kalil (left Sunday's game vs. Chicago with more neck/shoulder issues)
Fozzy Whittaker (ankle)
Julius Peppers (unknown)
John Theus (concussion)