8:08 AM PT — Ibe’s hit just cost him his job — the Panthers have waived the defensive back from the team.
Scary moment at Carolina Panthers practice on Tuesday — wide receiver Keith Kirkwood took a powerful blow to the head … and was taken away in an ambulance.
The 27-year-old pro was going across the middle of the field attempting to catch a pass that was thrown high … when defensive back JT Ibe launched himself into Kirkwood’s head area.
Kirkwood immediately went to the ground … with coaches and players rushing to his side.
Trainers put Kirkwood on a backboard to immobilize him as he was carted off the field and taken away in an ambulance … but there’s good news — head coach Matt Rhule says the player has movement in his arms and legs and has no pain in his neck.
It appeared coaches were immediately pissed off with Ibe’s hit … and Rhule ejected him from practice.
Kirkwood was an undrafted free agent out of Temple in 2018 … and signed with the New Orleans Saints before joining the Panthers in 2020.
He has more than 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in his career.
Originally Published — 7:57 AM PT