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Kuechly also missed three games a year ago while in concussion protocol.

"So he can take all the time he needs, because the long-term goal for this team is to be in the playoffs and to play for Super Bowls, " Newton said of Kuechly.

It appears coach Ron Rivera is leaning toward holding Kuechly out for the final two games.

The 25-year-old Kuechly, the NFL's defensive player of the year in 2013 and four-time Pro Bowl selection, has missed Carolina's last four games due to the concussion he suffered on November 17. We weren't fully aware of what Junior Seau was going through when he played.

He added: "I don't want to say frustrating". I'm not talking for [head trainer Ryan Vermillion], I'm not talking for coach and I'm definitely not talking for Luke.

Cam Newton didn't realize that his most frequent target over the last three seasons is closing in on something no tight end has done in the history of the NFL. ". I don't think, for me, I would want to jeopardize that for a long, long-term issue just to bring him back".

Rivera hasn't officially ruled Kuechly out for Saturday's home finale against Atlanta, but he said he will err on the side of caution when making the decision.

"I'm not anxious about (CTE) and I think there is a lot to be learned from it", Kuechly said.

The Panthers beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday 26-15.

He also pointed to Panthers left tackle Michael Oher, who was placed on injured reserve midway through the season because of a lingering concussion.

Newton mentioned Oher's situation specifically when talking about Kuechly. "But he's a guy that brings that mentality every single day", Newton said. You want to be out there playing because that's what you prepare the whole year for, the whole season for is to be out there playing. "And this one year I've been enlightened on just the understanding of a concussion", he said, per the Observer.

"There's been a lot of hits, " Newton said. Big hits, tough hits. But nothing like a hit that occurred when I had the concussion.

Kuechly talked to reporters on Wednesday, and said what you'd expect him to say. You see guys that have stuff stemming back from their concussion years removed from the game. 2016, obviously, has been a much different story for the reigning NFC champions, who are just trying to finish the campaign at a.500 mark.