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Carolina’s clutch 23-20 win over New Orleans on Thursday night was overshadowed by the somber mood after the game in the Panthers locker room.

A number of Panthers players left the victory in the second half, including star linebacker Luke Kuechly who was carted off the field in tears before being evaluated for a concussion. Starting center Ryan Kalil, leading sack artist Mario Addison and starting nickel corner Leonard Johnson were also injured in the game and didn’t return.

That prompted Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert to call out the NFL for the short turnarounds with the league’s Thursday night game policy.

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“The league preaches player safety and then makes us turn around and play three days after our last game.” – Mike Tolbert

– Black Blue Review (@BlackBlueReview)November 18, 2016

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Despite Tolbert’s statement, with as much money as the league is making off television on Thursday nights, don’t look for the NFL’s policy on the short-week games to change anytime soon.

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