Luke Kuechly ruled out against Bears, Ryan Kalil expected to return

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 24: Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers goes onto the field against the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Kuechly came out of the Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 12. He is currently in the concussion protocol process.

So far, Kuechly has 29 solo tackles, two pass breakups, and an interception.

The four-time Pro Bowler and 2013 Defensive Player of the Year also missed three games in 2015 with a concussion.

On a positive note, five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil is expected to make his first start since week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Panthers are 4-2 and in first place in the NFC South.