Panthers’ All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly was carted off the field after suffering an undisclosed injury while making a tackle in the 4th quarter of the Panthers 23-20 win over the Saints on Thursday night.
Kuechly was visibly sobbing, and struggled to catch his breath as he was carted off the field. Players from both teams solemnly gathered around in support as he left the field. Everyone in the NFL is always one hit away.
The sight of the indestructible tackling machine crying while being carted off left the crowd at Bank of America Stadium in complete silence.
The specific nature of the injury hasn’t been disclosed by the team, but whatever it was left Kuechly shaken up to the point where he couldn’t hold back the tears.
Hopefully Kuechly is okay. No matter what PR spin the league puts on it, or regulations that are put in place, it’s unavoidable that football is a violent sport. Last night was an unfiltered reminder of that reality.
Luke Kuechly seen sobbing after suffering a knee injury. He was carted off the field. Awful. pic.twitter.com/UCYTmkxPCo
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 18, 2016