The Panthers placed McCaffrey (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday.
The transaction officially rules McCaffrey out for at least the team's next three games due to a high-ankle sprain, which he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. Mike Davis is expected to fill in as the Panthers' top back for the time being, beginning with a Week 3 matchup with the Chargers.
McCaffrey suffered a right high-ankle sprain during Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers and will miss 4-to-6 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
McCaffrey underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the exact severity of his ankle injury, and the results confirm a brutal scenario for the Panthers. The team will be forced to proceed without the every-down, do-it-all backfield weapon for at least the next month, and high-ankle sprains are notorious for causing lingering issues even after players are able to return to the field. Mike Davis is the likeliest candidate to start against the Chargers in Week 3, while Curtis Samuel and Trenton Cannon are options to take backfield reps. The Panthers also will likely promote Reggie Bonnafon from the practice squad in the near future.
McCaffrey (ankle) is expected to sit out "multiple weeks" due to the injury he sustained during Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
McCaffrey suffered the injury late during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss, and he's slated to undergo an MRI on Monday to officially determine the nature of his ankle issue. If the every-down superstar is indeed forced to miss multiple weeks, Mike Davis will be the top candidate to replace him in Carolina's backfield. Curtis Samuel and Trenton Cannon could also see reps at running back, while the team may promote Reggie Bonnafon from the practice squad.
McCaffrey is slated to undergo an MRI on his injured ankle Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
McCaffrey was removed and eventually ruled out in the later stages of Sunday's 31-17 loss at Tampa Bay. An ankle injury was cited as the culprit, and now the do-it-all running back will go through the usual testing protocol to get to the bottom of his health concern. The Panthers are hopeful it's not serious, but Mike Davis, Curtis Samuel and Trenton Cannon are next in line for touches out of the backfield behind McCaffrey.
McCaffrey (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
At the time of the ruling, less than two minutes remained in the contest with the Panthers facing a 14-point deficit, so it's not a shock McCaffrey won't return. Earlier in the fourth quarter, he was testing the ankle by walking about the sideline under his own power. In his stead, Mike Davis is the likely candidate to get work out of the team's backfield, but Curtis Samuel could get reps, too, as he operated as a running back during his college days at Ohio State.
McCaffrey is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers due to an ankle injury, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Per the report, McCaffrey has been been walking on his own power on the sideline, testing his ankle out, but it remains to be seen if he'll re-enter the contest. Next up for the team's carries are Mike Davis and Trenton Cannon.
McCaffrey rushed 23 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns in Week against the Raiders. He also added three receptions for 38 yards.
McCaffrey didn't deliver any spectacular runs, as his longest rush of the day went for 15 yards. Nevertheless, he was a big part of the offense and found the end zone twice -- one from six yards and the other three. He's always an elite option, and that won't change when the Panthers take on the Buccaneers in Week 2.
McCaffrey hauled in the only touchdown of Panthers practice Tuesday, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
During a red-zone drill, McCaffrey lined up in the slot against linebacker Shaq Thompson. Running a "Lucy" route, McCaffrey darted toward Thompson and decided to go outside toward the right corner of the end zone, where he made an over-the-shoulder catch from Teddy Bridgewater near the back pylon. McCaffrey's record-setting 2019 season happened while working with three different quarterbacks, so the stability of Bridgewater could create even more opportunities for the running back to succeed. In the coming campaign, McCaffrey will be looking to follow up an offseason in which he became the highest-paid RB in NFL history.
McCaffrey agreed to terms Monday with the Panthers on a four-year, $64 million contract extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
McCaffrey's $16 million annual salary makes him the highest-paid running back in NFL history, a deserved reward after he eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in 2019 while tying for the league lead in touchdowns (19) and finishing second in receptions (116). He still has two more years left on his rookie deal, so the extension will keep him on Carolina's books through the 2025 campaign, his age-29 season.
McCaffrey ran for 26 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and caught seven of 10 targets for 72 receiving yards during Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints.
The third-year running back wrapped up an uber-prolific 2019 campaign as Carolina was drubbed by its division rival Week 17, collecting his 19th TD and reaching a nearly unfathomable threshold of 116 receptions on the year. While logging seven-plus catches for his seventh consecutive outing Sunday, McCaffrey tied Philadelphia's Zach Ertz (2018) and Jacksonville's Jimmy Smith (1999) for 18th all-time in single-season receptions. McCaffrey also became just the third individual in NFL history with both 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a single year, joining Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig as the only players to ever accomplish that feat. Heading into the fourth frame of his rookie contract in 2020, McCaffrey is expected to remain one of the most valuable stocks in fantasy as the centerpiece of a rebuilding Panthers offense.
Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said Thursday that McCaffrey should fill his normal role in the Panthers' offense at least to begin the team's Week 17 matchup with the Saints, though the running back's workload could be scaled back as the game unfolds, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. "Potentially as the game goes on, we could take a look at some of those other backs," Turner said.
The Panthers were eliminated from postseason contention after Week 14, but that didn't stop McCaffrey from logging 100 percent and 90 percent offensive snap shares the following two games and taking on 55 touches between the contests. Based on Turner's comments, McCaffrey looks poised to continue dominating the backfield snaps and touches heading into the regular-season finale, though the Panthers may deviate from that plan if they fall behind early. Considering Carolina has lost two of its last three games by at least 20 points, it wouldn't be surprising if the team found itself in another big hole against a 12-3 Saints team that still has a first-round bye in the playoffs at stake. That reality may lessen McCaffrey's appeal in DFS contests, though he still shapes up a strong lineup option in season-long fantasy leagues that are active for Week 17.
McCaffrey ran for 54 yards on 13 carries and added 15 catches on 15 targets for 119 yards during Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts.
With rookie Will Grier making his first career start, McCaffrey was relied on in the dink-and-dunk passing game for a career-high 15 catches. He's been arguably the most reliable fantasy player in the league with at least 100 total yards in all but two games this season, both against division rival Tampa Bay. The season ends against a Saints defense against whom McCaffrey picked up 133 total yards and two total touchdowns in Week 12. Despite a rookie under center, McCaffrey is a safe bet to be similarly productive in the finale given his ability to be multidimensional.
McCaffrey carried 19 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Seahawks. He also caught eight of 10 targets for 88 yards in the 30-24 loss.
McCaffrey averaged a healthy 4.6 yards per carry, scoring a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter and adding a 15-yarder in the fourth. He was also excellent as a pass-catcher with his team trailing all game, finishing second only to D.J. Moore in targets and receiving yards. McCaffrey has already surpassed 2,000 scrimmage yards ahead of next Sunday's game against the Colts, thanks in large part to his 726 receiving yards (on 82 receptions). He's averaging 5.0 yards per carry as well and should remain a top fantasy selection for the foreseeable future due to his massive usage and versatile skillset.
McCaffrey ran for 53 yards on 11 carries and caught 11 of 12 targets for 82 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-20 loss to Atlanta.
Over the past month, McCaffrey has been even more dominant than usual in terms of his contributions as a pass catcher, hauling in seven or more passes in each of his past four outings, while exceeding 65 receiving yards in three of those four appearances. As a rusher, too, he was able to have an effective afternoon against the Falcons' front seven, averaging better than 4.8 yards per carry after being held to a collective 3.0 yards per rush against New Orleans and Washington the past two weeks. A far more challenging matchup awaits Week 15, with McCaffrey and Carolina's ground attack facing off against Seattle's top-10 rush defense.
McCaffrey carried 14 times for 44 yards and caught seven of 13 targets for 58 additional yards during Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Redskins.
Despite his seemingly favorable matchup, McCaffrey averaged just 3.1 yards per carry en route to one of his lowest rushing outputs of the season. He yet again played a major role in the passing game, but even at that he hauled in just over half the passes thrown his way and barely reached 100 yards from scrimmage. Most notably, McCaffrey failed to reach the end zone for just the third time this season to cap off this lackluster outing. He should have every opportunity to bounce back next Sunday against the Falcons.
McCaffrey rushed 22 times for 64 yards and a touchdown while catching all nine of his targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Saints.
McCaffrey had a one-yard touchdown among his nine catches, and he later added a four-yard score on the ground. The multi-faceted running back now has 12 rushing scores and four more through the air, and McCaffrey has caught the ball 20 times in his last two games alone. Even when he doesn't do much on a per-touch basis, McCaffrey's nose for the end zone and heavy volume week in and week out make him arguably the most valuable asset in the fantasy realm.
McCaffrey tallied 70 rushing yards on 14 carries and caught 11 of 14 targets for 121 receiving yards during Sunday's 29-3 loss to the Falcons.
Another Sunday, another monstrous outing for the MVP candidate. The third-year back was even more dominant than usual in the passing game Sunday, however, establishing a new season-high with his 11-catch outing and exceeding his previous season-best in receiving yardage by 35. What's even more encouraging is the fact that McCaffrey has been extremely efficient as a rusher of late, as he has averaged 6.1 yards per carry since Week 8. He'll face an immense challenge maintaining that level of effectiveness on the ground Week 12, with the Panthers getting ready to face New Orleans' top-five rush defense.
McCaffrey (foot) practiced fully Thursday, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.
McCaffrey has had limitations on his practice reps for three consecutive weeks at this point, but they were lifted on each occasion. As a result, his foot issue won't impact his availability for the Panthers' Week 11 divisional matchup with the Falcons, who have conceded 124.9 yards from scrimmage per game and nine touchdowns to running backs in nine contests this season.
McCaffrey didn't practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
McCaffrey kicked off last week with a similar listing, only a knee issue was to blame for the absence on that occasion. On a positive note, coach Ron Rivera told Reed that the Panthers are being cautious with McCaffrey and "giving him a breather" Wednesday. Considering McCaffrey is averaging 25.9 touches per game, that approach is warranted, but fantasy managers will want to circle back and make sure the health concern doesn't linger.
McCaffery isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
McCaffery was held out of last Wednesday's practice while tending to a knee issue, but he managed to ramp up his reps throughout the week and handle his usual workload during Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Packers. The 23-year-old's status will once again bear monitoring if he's listed with an injury designation on Wednesday's practice report, though there isn't yet any reason to worry about his availability for Week 11. He's on tap for a favorable matchup at home against the Falcons.
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