February 16, 2016 – 8:41 pm
by Will DeWitt
According to a report from the Charlotte Observer, Panthers All-Pro linebacker is scheduled to have surgery on his left shoulder to repair a partially torn labrum.
Although his status for OTA’s is in question, Kuechly, who recently made NFL history in becoming the first player to return interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive playoff games, plans on being fully healthy come training camp in July per The Observer.
The injury came in Week 17 in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He injured the shoulder in the first half, but still played the remainder of that game and did not miss any practice time throughout the playoffs.
Despite missing three games after sustaining a concussion in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kuechly still ended up leading the team in tackles with 118. He also had a league-high 29 tackles in the playoffs despite playing with the injury.
Kuechly was named a first-team All-Pro for the third consecutive year. He is also a three-time Pro Bowler and won the 2012 AP Defensive Player of the Year.
With Kuechly set to be fully ready to go by training camp, there is no reason why he cannot continue to be one of the most dominant defenders in the league in 2016.