The 27-year-old Kuechly called that a "bummer," saying "that's the best part of OTAs and minicamp. But it's still good to be out here."
He elected to wait until after the season to have surgery.
Considered one of the most cerebral linebackers in the league, Kuechly is the anchor of a defense that is perennially ranked in the top 10 in the league. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl in five of his six seasons.
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The Texans list Thompson as a receiver on their roster. In truth, he’s more of a special teams player.
He played 99 snaps on offense and 269 on special teams last season after being promoted from the practice squad September 27.
“I found my niche,” Thompson said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I just want to be the best at it.”
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Thompson, who caught five passes for 84 yards last season on offense, will have to hold off a challenge from rookie Keke Coutee to keep his job.