Panthers’ Kirkwood Removed By Ambulance After Taking Hit, Player Who Hit Him Waived From Team

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers wide receiver Keith Kirkwood was hit in the neck area during practice Tuesday, carted off the field and taken away in an ambulance.  Defensive back J.T. Ibe delivered the hit on a pass play and was immediately kicked out of the team’s first padded practice by coach Matt Rhule. Practice was halted for 10 minutes.

Panthers.com says Ibe was waived from the team after practice on Tuesday.  Rhule called Ibe’s hit “unacceptable” but he did not say anything else about the incident to the media.  Rhule said Kirkwood had feeling in his arms and legs.

Kirkwood was diagnosed with a concussion and has returned to the campus of Wofford College where training camp is being held.

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Kirkwood twice broke his clavicle last season and was limited to one catch for 13 yards in one regular season game. He played his first two seasons for the New Orleans Saints.

Ibe spent four seasons at Rice and two seasons at South Carolina. He signed with Carolina in April.