JT Ibe thrown out of practice, cut by Panthers after hit results in Carolina teammate getting hurt
Former South Carolina defensive back JT Ibe was waived by the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday following a dangerous hit where he connected with teammate Keith Kirkwood on a hit to the head over the middle.
Kirkwood was taken to the hospital after the hit where he left his feet trying to catch a pass from P.J. Walker when Ibe hit him, which knocked him to the ground, the Charlotte Observer reported. Kirkwood, a receiver who missed most of last season with two shoulder injuries, laid crumpled on the field for about 10 minutes and had to be carted off the field and taken away in an ambulance.
Kirkwood has movement in his arms and legs, and coach Matt Rhule said after practice that Kirkwood has no pain in his neck. The Panthers said the trip to the hospital was a precaution.
Rhule called it “completely unacceptable.”
“We were all praying for him out there,” Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold said. “We’ve got to do a lot better job of taking care of each other out there.”
Ibe, an undrafted player out of South Carolina, was yelled at by the Panthers coaching staff and promptly told to leave the training camp session at Wofford College.
“You can’t tee off on somebody,” Rhule said. “It’s not what we’ll do. It’s undisciplined by us. It can’t happen.”
Keith Kirkwood injury, doesn’t look good pic.twitter.com/oYbBx1dnrA
— Panthers On Tap Podcast (@PanthersOnTap) August 3, 2021
Panthers waived JT Ibe after he hit Carolina WR Keith Kirkwood in the head during this morning’s practice.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 3, 2021
Matt Rhule called JT Ibe’s hit on WR Keith Kirkwood that sent Kirkwood to the hospital “completely unacceptable.”
Ibe was kicked out of practice; Rhule was obviously furious. Kirkwood does have movement in his extremities, thankfully, Rhule also said. pic.twitter.com/9eDnixmRGc
— Scott Fowler (@scott_fowler) August 3, 2021