McCaffrey (ankle) isn't expected to return for Sunday's game at New Orleans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Pelissero's report comes a day after coach Matt Rhule told Joe Person of The Athletic that he is unsure whether McCaffrey will be available "this week, next week or the week after." The superstar running back so far has missed four consecutive games due to a high right ankle sprain and seems poised to log a fifth DNP this weekend. Perhaps the Panthers hope McCaffrey is able to practice in the near future with an eye toward a Week 8 matchup with the Falcons on Thursday, Oct. 29, or a return Sunday, Nov. 8 in Kansas City. As long as McCaffrey is sidelined, Mike Davis will serve as Carolina's bell-cow back.
Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he's not sure whether McCaffrey (ankle) will return "this week, next week or the week after," Joe Person of The Athletic reports. McCaffrey already has missed four games on IR while recovering from his high right ankle sprain, and Rhule is keeping the door open for him to return any time between Weeks 7 and 9. If McCaffrey isn't activated for Sunday's contest in New Orleans, it could be difficult to get him ready for a Thursday night affair Week 8, in which case his next chance to suit up would come Nov. 8 in Kansas City. With Mike Davis performing so well out of the backfield, the Panthers may feel secure in allowing McCaffrey ample time to get back to 100 percent health.
David Newton of ESPN.com suggests McCaffrey (ankle) may not return until Week 8 against the Falcons on Thursday, Oct. 29. The Panthers opted not to activate McCaffrey from injured reserve this week, despite the running back reaching the three-week minimum. Because of his prognosis of 4-to-6 weeks to recover from his high right ankle sprain, he also could sit out Week 7 at New Orleans, especially with a game four days later. In any case, Carolina can open his 21-day window to return at any point moving forward, and the team likely wants to see how he holds up in practice before making a decision to add him back to the active roster. While McCaffrey continues his rehab, Mike Davis will handle backfield duties for the Panthers.
Coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that McCaffrey (ankle) "won't be activated as of right now," Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports. McCaffrey has spent the requisite amount of time on injured reserve under the 2020 rules, but the Panthers aren't yet ready to let him get back on the field, which would open his 21-day window to be activated. With McCaffrey still tending to a high right ankle sprain and Mike Davis performing so well in his stead, the Panthers can stand to wait for the All-Pro running back to be as close to 100 percent as possible before he returns to action.
McCaffrey (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. A report earlier this week suggested McCaffrey would undergo tests to determine if he could return from injured reserve for the Panthers' Week 6 game against the Bears. While the team hasn't provided any formal update, McCaffrey's absence from practice hints at another week out of the lineup. Mike Davis has taken full advantage of a three-down role in McCaffrey's stead, piling up 351 total yards and three touchdowns over the past three games.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/25||@New Orleans Saints||15||17.00|
|9||11/08||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||18.00|
|10||11/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||14.67|
|15||12/20||@Green Bay Packers||31||26.60|
|16||12/27||@Washington Football Team||12||16.00|
|17||01/03||New Orleans Saints||15||17.00|
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|3 Year Avg||208||973||8||101||841||5||257|