Scary moment for Keith Kirkwood
There was the first scary moment of training camp when Keith Kirkwood got leveled by safety J.T. Ibe. The wide receiver required the cart and was on the floor for around 10 minutes before being put into an ambulance.
Matt Rhule is big on discipline, so Ibe was kicked out of practice almost immediately after the hit. The head coach also brought the entire roster together for a stern word or two before team activities resumed.
Now, the pads going on and the extra physicality was always going to come with something a little bit extra. But it’s clear from the footage that Ibe might have gone a little too far judging by the footage posted by the @PanthersOnTap Twitter account from Wofford College.
Make of it what you will.
This isn’t a good look on the first day of padded practice. There’s no excuse for targeting the head – if that is what Ibe intended – and it wasn’t a big surprise to see the Carolina Panthers waive him almost immediately after practice came to a conclusion.
According to Rhule in his media availability after practice, Kirkwood has movement in his hands and feet, which is a good sign. The wideout was absolutely luckless with injuries in 2020 and this is not the way he planned things to go in pursuit of winning a roster spot for the second straight year.