Barner (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Barner handled return duties for the Panthers from Week 13 to Week 16 before ultimately landing on IR with a knee issue. He earned just one target in the passing game with Carolina after a midseason release from the Patriots. Barner's upcoming absence allowed the Panthers to promote offensive lineman Dorian Johnson from their practice squad.
Barner (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Barner was initially announced as doubtful before he was quickly upgraded to questionable. The 29-year-old was added to the injury report as a non-participant Thursday, so the specifics of his injury remain unclear.
Barner suffered a knee injury and was a non-participant at practice Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Barner wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday, so the specifics of the issue remain unclear. The 29-year-old's participation at practice Friday should provide a better idea of his availability for Sunday's season finale against the Saints.
Barner caught his only target for a three-yard gain during Sunday's 24-10 loss to Atlanta. Barner was relegated to mostly special-teams duty in his first three games with the Panthers after being scooped up off waivers from the Patriots. That changed Sunday, as the scatback recorded his first reception on either squad this season. While the Panthers haven't clarified their plans for the season finale against the Saints, there's a decent chance do-it-all lead back Christian McCaffrey is more limited than usual as Carolina looks to preserve his health heading into the offseason. If that's the case, Barner and fellow reserve backs Cameron Artis-Payne and Travaris Cadet could see more opportunities than usual.
Barner (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 11 tilt against the Lions. Barner and Travaris Cadet were both added to the Panthers roster this week as running back reinforcements, but neither will suit up Week 11. Barner could potentially work his way up to active status in the coming weeks behind the top duo of Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne.
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