Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said after Tuesday's practice that McCaffrey (ankle) hasn't been ruled out from returning from injured reserve ahead of Thursday's game against the Falcons, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Rhule's comments came after Carolina designated McCaffrey to return from IR, a move that allowed the running back to resume practicing for the first time since suffering a high right ankle sprain Sept. 20. While Rhule noted that McCaffrey looked good in his on-field work Tuesday, the Panthers may continue to evaluate him up until game day before deciding on whether to add him back to the 53-man roster in Week 8. If McCaffrey does gain clearance for Thursday's contest, he may not immediately step back into a lead role out of the backfield as the Panthers presumably look to exercise some caution with his usage in his first game back. Mike Davis has filled in admirably as Carolina's three-down back over the past five weeks, averaging 88.4 yards from scrimmage and scoring four touchdowns during that span.
The Panthers designated McCaffrey (ankle) to return from injured reserve Tuesday.
After showing up to practice Tuesday sporting no pads and a red no-contact jersey, McCaffrey initially looked like he would be relegated to working out on the side field. However, shortly after the Panthers announced that McCaffrey was designated to return from IR, David Newton of ESPN.com noted that the running back put on a helmet and swapped his red jersey for a black one. The transaction opens up a 21-day window during which the Panthers can evaluate McCaffrey for a return from IR, and the 24-year-old would seemingly have a chance at being available for Thursday's game against the Falcons. Before determining his status for the Week 8 contest, the Panthers' coaching and training staff will likely assess how McCaffrey's right high-ankle sprain responds to practice activity Tuesday and Wednesday.
McCaffrey (ankle) was spotted at Tuesday's practice donning a red no-contact jersey, suggesting he won't participate with the Panthers' main group during the session, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
The Panthers have yet to officially designate McCaffrey to return from injured reserve, and until that happens, he won't be allowed to take reps alongside the team's other healthy players. Given that McCaffrey has now sported the no-contact jersey in both of the team's first two practices of Week 8, he's looking increasingly unlikely to return to action Thursday against the Falcons. If that's the case, Mike Davis would once again handle a three-down role out of the Carolina backfield.
Coach Matt Rhule noted Monday that McCaffrey (ankle) is a "possibility" for Thursday night's game against the Falcons, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Per Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site, Rhule indicated that McCaffrey's Week 8 status is "sort of out of my hands. I'm hopeful that we'll have him." For now, though, McCaffrey has yet to be designated to return from IR, which needs to happen before he can practice. Either way, McCaffrey appears to be nearing a return to action, but even if he remains sidelined Thursday night, he'd presumably be ready for the team's Nov. 8 contest against the Chiefs.
McCaffrey (ankle) is present for Monday's practice and dressed in uniform, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
McCaffrey hasn't necessarily been designated for a return from injured reserve yet, as it remains to be seen whether he'll actually participate in Monday's session. As Getzenberg notes, however, this is the first time he's been present for practice since suffering a high-ankle sprain Week 2. The star running back hasn't yet been ruled out for Thursday's divisional game against the Falcons.
McCaffrey (ankle) is considered a long shot to play Thursday against the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
McCaffrey hasn't been ruled out for Thursday Night Football, but the Panthers still have yet to officially designate him for a return to practice, and it's hard to imagine the team clearing him to play before being thoroughly evaluated during on-field reps. Even if McCaffrey's 21-day practice window is opened in the near future, he could only have a few chances to prove his health before Carolina makes a decision on his Week 8 availability. In the event that the star running back is forced to miss a sixth straight game due to his high-ankle sprain, Mike Davis would be in line to log another start.
McCaffrey (ankle), who won't play Sunday at New Orleans, may return for Thursday's game against the Falcons if he's 100 percent, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
McCaffrey picked up a high right ankle sprain Week 2, missing the Panthers' ensuing five games in the process. The team has yet to open his 21-day window to activate him from IR, and with a short week to prepare between games, his chances to prove his health on the practice field this week could be few and far between. As a result, if Carolina's staff holds McCaffrey out Thursday, he "seems likely" to make his long-awaited return Sunday, Nov. 8 in Kansas City.
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.
McCaffrey (ankle) will undergo tests this week to determine if he's healthy enough to be activated from IR for Sunday's matchup against the Bears, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
McCaffrey has spent three weeks on IR, the minimum number required to return to the lineup. Coach Matt Rhule plans to have a better idea of McCaffrey's high ankle sprain by the time practice resumes Wednesday, and a return to practice in any capacity would signal that the superstar running back has a good chance to play Week 6. Mike Davis has been excellent in his place, recording 351 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns. He'll continue to start if McCaffrey can't go.
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.
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