Panthers’ J.T. Ibe Thrown Out Of Practice After Head-To-Head Hit On Keith Kirkwood That Put Him In An Ambulance

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The first padded practice for the Carolina Panthers resulted in a trip to the hospital.

Undrafted free agent safety J.T. Ibe was reportedly kicked out of practice on Tuesday after delivering a head-to-head hit on wide receiver Keith Kirkwood.

Here’s a slow motion clip of the hit:


AP writer Steve Reed reported that Kirkwood needed to be put on a backboard and helped off the field after the ferocious hit, but ultimately regained movement in his legs and thankfully has no pain in his neck, according to head coach Matt Rhule.

Hopefully the ambulance is just a precaution, but the incident has to be infuriating for the 27-year-old Kirkwood, who broke his collarbone twice last year and only played in one game, catching one pass for 13 yards.


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