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JT Ibe kicked out of practice, waived by Panthers

Field Level Media
04 Aug 2021, 06:40 GMT+10

Undrafted rookie defensive back JT Ibe was waived Tuesday after delivering a hit to Keith Kirkwood that led to the Carolina Panthers wide receiver being taken away in an ambulance.

Ibe delivered a head-to-head hit as Kirkwood leapt for a pass from quarterback P.J. Walker during the Panthers' first practice in pads on Tuesday morning.

Practice was halted for about 15 minutes and Ibe was kicked out by coaches as Kirkwood stayed on the ground for approximately 10 minutes before being stretchered off into an ambulance.

"You can't tee off on somebody," said coach Matt Rhule. "It's not what we'll do. It's undisciplined by us. It can't happen."

In a positive development, Kirkwood was able to return later in the afternoon to the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., where the team is holding training camp. Kirkwood was diagnosed with a concussion.

Kirkwood has dealt with shoulder injuries that limited him to two games the last two seasons. Rhule said after practice that Kirkwood had movement in his arms and legs and no pain in his neck.

Ibe played for Rice (2015-17) and South Carolina (2018-19) in college. He signed with the Panthers as a free agent in April.

--Field Level Media

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