Whittaker worked out for the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
The bigger news from this report is that Whittaker has seemingly recovered from the torn ACL he sustained during OTAs in 2018 while with the Panthers. The 30-year-old now seems ready to look for his next NFL opportunity. Whittaker recorded 536 rushing yards and two touchdowns over 121 carries (4.4 YPC) in his four seasons with Carolina. The Texas native actually recorded more return yards (856 total) than rushing yards each year as a Panther. Whittaker was joined by fellow running backs Rob Kelley and Buck Allen in Thursday's workout.
Whittaker was placed on injured reserve Thursday after tearing his ACL during OTAs.
Whittaker suffered the injury earlier this week during a non-contact drill, and his season is over before it even started as a result. Whittaker appeared in just 12 games last season and only ended up carrying the ball seven times, and he was is line to see limited opportunities again in 2018. The Panthers' backfield is expected to be lead by Christian McCaffrey and newly-signed C.J. Anderson, with Cameron Artis-Payne likely seeing limited snaps as well.
Whittaker finished with seven carries for 18 yards and five receptions (on six targets) for 47 yards and a touchdown in 12 games played this season.
Whittaker entered his fourth season as a Panther coming off a career-high 82 touches in 2016, but after the team spent its first two draft picks on tailback Christian McCaffrey and utility man Curtis Samuel, his role always figured to be reduced this season. Despite Samuel not featuring much due to injuries, Whittaker was clearly an afterthought in Carolina's offense. Assuming the team's backfield remains intact, he'll likely be slated for a similar amount of action in 2018, his final year under contract.
Whittaker rushed for three yards on his lone carry during Sunday's 31-24 win over Green Bay.
The carry snapped a three-game touchless streak for Whittaker and brings his yardage total since Week 4 to zero. Rookie Christian McCaffrey continues to provide highlights while veteran back Jonathan Stewart keeps bringing power between the tackles. Throw in one of the league's most mobile quarterbacks and there simply isn't much room for Whittaker to get much action week to week.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Whittaker will be active Sunday against the Vikings and could earn carries in the contest, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
While top backs Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart don't carry injury designations into the weekend, both have been limited of late by shoulder and foot issues, respectively. That could prompt Rivera to act conservatively with the usage of both backs, which might result in Cameron Artis-Payne and Whittaker picking up a couple touches in relief of the top two runners. Neither Artis-Payne nor Whittaker will see large enough workloads to make much of an imprint in the fantasy realm, however. Primarily a special-teams contributor for the Panthers, Whittaker has produced just 44 yards from scrimmage on seven touches (three receptions) this season.
Whittaker is officially inactive for Monday night's game against the Dolphins.
Whittaker missed the last three games with a right high-ankle sprain, but he did not make an appearance on the injury report this week. The good news is the 28-year-old appears fully recovered from the injury, but is still being held out in favor of Cameron Artis-Payne as the Panther's No. 3 running back. Neither running back should see significant or consistent offensive chances while Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey remain healthy.
Whittaker (ankle) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Falcons, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Although Jonathan Stewart logged one limited practice this week, the Panthers backfield is otherwise healthy, so the offense can withstand Whittaker missing a third consecutive contest. Per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer, Whittaker has been recovering from a right high-ankle sprain, making the decision a prudent one. Expect Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne to handle any carries not given to starting running back Jonathan Stewart.
Whittaker (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Whittaker has missed the last two weeks with the right ankle injury, and though he was able to practice Thursday and Friday, it's unclear if he'll be healthy enough to contribute effectively by the time Sunday arrives. If active for the Week 9 contest, Whittaker would see the majority of his snaps on special teams.
Whittaker (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.
It marks back-to-back missed games for Whittaker, who was unable to practice this week. The 28-year-old has not seen consistent offensive snaps with the Panthers this season and currently has no timetable for his return.
Whittaker (ankle) sat out of Wednesday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Whittaker is in danger of missing back-to-back games for the first time since 2015. However, his consistently limited offensive snaps holds him back from being a viable fantasy option. Top running back Jonathan Stewart is battling a toe injury, but Whittaker still sits behind Christian McCaffrey on the depth chart, making it unlikely he logs substantial time.
Whittaker (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.
Whittaker left a Week 5 matchup with Philly early, and he's still nursing his ankle a week later. The sixth-year running back rarely sees the field anyhow, considering Jonathan Stewart and rookie first-round pick Christian McCaffrey reside above him in the depth chart. Expect Cameron Artis-Payne to pick up his leftover snaps.
Whittaker (ankle) will not return to Thursday's matchup with the Eagles, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.
Whittaker suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of the contest, ending his night before it really got started. The Panthers will likely move forward with Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey in the backfield for the remainder of the contest. Look for more updates on the injury to come sometime this weekend.
Whittaker suffered an ankle injury Thursday against the Eagles and is questionable to return, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Whittaker was carted to the locker room in the first quarter of Thursday's contest. Look for more updates to come as the game progresses. In the meantime, the Panthers will have to rely on a combination of Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne in the backfield.
Whittaker caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-30 win over the Patriots.
Whittaker took his first reception of the season 28 yards to the house to draw the Panthers level during the second quarter. In doing so, the veteran third-stringer made the most of his involvement, but as long as Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey are healthy, Whittaker figures to remain limited to spare touches here and there.
Whittaker rushed twice for 12 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.
Whittaker boasts merely three touches through as many games this season, evidencing his restricted fantasy value as things stand.
Whittaker received a carry on his lone offensive snap of the game in Sunday's 23-3 win over the 49ers, gaining one yard.
As expected, the addition of first-round rookie Christian McCaffrey effectively eliminated any role Whittaker would have had on offense behind starting running back Jonathan Stewart. Whittaker is still a valued member on special teams, where he played 13 snaps Sunday, and that should be enough to keep him active ahead of fellow depth back Cameron Artis-Payne most weeks.
Whittaker rushed for 13 yards on his lone carry in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars.
Whittaker also returned a kickoff for 10 yards and was targeted twice to no avail. The veteran's sole rush came during the second quarter, notably ahead of Cameron Artis-Payne, who was restricted to second-half work. Although Artis-Payne has been more successful than Whittaker through three preseason games, Whittaker's varied skill set seemingly positions him higher on Carolina's depth chart.
Whittaker rushed three times for 23 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Whittaker was one of several Panthers backs that had a great day on the ground with the team finishing Saturday's contest with an average of 7.6 yards per carry. Even though nobody on the Panthers picked up more than five carries, Whittaker made the most of his touches and also returned a kickoff for 19 yards.
Whittaker may have a hard time getting touches behind Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey, Max Henson of Panthers.com reports.
Whittaker enjoyed the best season of his four-year career in 2016, taking 57 carries for 265 yards (4.6 average) and catching 25 of 33 targets for 226 yards, albeit without any touchdowns and no gains of more than 25 yards. The offseason departure of Mike Tolbert might have opened up a bit more work for the fifth-year back, but the Panthers then used the No. 9 overall pick on McCaffrey, who figures to dominate passing downs while also eating into some of Stewart's rushing workload. Whittaker's new two-year contract and ability to contribute on special teams give him the inside track to the No. 3 running back job, but he probably needs Stewart or McCaffrey to suffer an injury if he's going to have a significant role on offense.
Whittaker signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers on Tuesday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Whittaker was rewarded for the best season of his career, in which he rushed the ball 57 times for 265 yards and added 25 receptions (on 33 targets) for 226 yards over 16 games. He proved himself to be a solid third-down back for Carolina and filled in nicely when Jonathan Stewart missed time due to injuries.
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