Panthers Receiver Kelvin Benjamin Cleared to Play Vs. Packers

Bill VothNews, Week 71 Comment

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Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been cleared to play against the Packers after passing each stage of the NFL’s concussion protocol, a league source confirmed. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was first to report the news early Sunday morning.

Benjamin will be just the second player in the Ron Rivera era to play in the same week he went into the concussion protocol (Jeremy Shockey, 2011).

The league’s leading rookie in receiving yards and touchdowns, Benjamin suffered a concussion early in the second quarter of last week’s tie with the Bengals. He missed just two plays after taking a hit from linebacker Vontaze Burfict while making a catch near the middle of the field. After he showed up Monday with a headache, Benjamin was diagnosed with a concussion. He was held out of practice until Friday, when he was a full participant in the team’s walk-through.

Benjamin’s availability is welcome news for the Panthers, who could find themselves trying to match points with the potent Packers.

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  • sncsurf

    Looking for benji to have a two TD game.