Bonnafon, who is on the practice squad injured list, is tending to a high ankle sprain, Jonathan M. Alexander and Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
In the wake of Christian McCaffrey suffering a high ankle sprain Week 2, Bonnafon was elevated from the practice for both of the Panthers' past two games. In Week 4 in particular, Bonnafon produced in a reserve role behind Mike Davis, totaling 10 carries for 53 yards and two catches (on two targets) for 18 yards and one touchdown. That said, he may have lost his chance to contribute much, as he's likely well behind McCaffrey in his recovery from a similar injury. With a multi-week absence on tap, Bonnafon will yield secondary RB reps to Trenton Cannon and Curtis Samuel in the short term.
The Panthers placed Bonnafon (ankle) on the practice squad injured list Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.
Bonnafon took full advantage of his 21 offensive snaps this past Sunday against the Cardinals, compiling 10 carries for 53 yards and two catches (on two targets) for 18 yards and one TD. He was unable to escape unscathed, though, as he sustained a high-ankle sprain. Now that he's on the practice squad injured list, Bonnafon must remain there for at least three weeks before the Panthers can consider adding him to the active roster again. As long as Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is sidelined, Carolina will lean on Mike Davis and, to a lesser extent, Trenton Cannon out of the backfield.
Bonnafon reverted back to Carolina's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction report.
Bonnafon caught a touchdown in the team's Week 4 win over Arizona, but that wasn't enough to keep him on the active roster. This was the second time Bonnafon was reverted back to the practice squad, meaning if he is called up again he will have to remain on the active roster or the team will risk losing him.
Bonnafon rushed 10 times for 53 yards and caught both of his targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Cardinals.
Bonnafon set a new career high in touches while playing just over a quarter of Carolina's offensive snaps. In his extended work, the second-year back produced some big gains, including a 22-yard rush and 15-yard reception. Of course, Bonnafon's touchdown also came through the air, as he strolled free for a three-yard grab off play action to end the second quarter. Based on his strong performance, Bonnafon may expect similar usage behind Mike Davis in Week 5 versus the Falcons, but after Davis topped 20 touches again Sunday, it's clear he's the Panthers' top option while Christian McCaffrey (ankle) remains sidelined.
The Panthers elevated Bonnafon to the active roster Saturday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Bonnafon suited up in Week 3's win over the Chargers as Mike Davis' backup, but he logged just two offensive snaps and rushed twice for 16 yards. The Panthers' game plan seems to be to provide Davis a Christian McCaffrey workload, so Bonnafon's fantasy value is negligible for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Bonnafon reverted back to Carolina's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction report.
Bonnafon heads back to the practice squad after recording two carries and adding a tackle on a punt return while playing a total of two snaps on offense and nine on special teams in Sunday's win over the Chargers. There's a chance the Panthers use their second available call-up on the running back soon with Christian McCaffrey (ankle) projected to sit out a few more games.
Bonnafon rushed twice for 16 yards in Sunday's 21-16 win over the Chargers.
Bonnafon's two carries came on consecutive plays during the second quarter. In fact, despite his efficiency, those proved to be Bonnafon's only offensive snaps of the game. Even with superstar tailback Christian McCaffrey (ankle) out, the Panthers hardly used more than one running back, with starter Mike Davis playing over 75 percent of the snaps and totaling 21 touches. As long as that remains the case, Bonnafon's upside should remain restricted, but he at least put a good foot forward in Sunday's victory.
Bonnafon was elevated to the Panthers' active roster Saturday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
This shouldn't be much of a surprise. In the absence of Christian McCaffrey (ankle), Mike Davis figures to take the bulk of the workload, but it's entirely possible Bonnafon could factor in should the veteran struggle to move the needle. Bonnafon registered 173 total yards and a TD in an abbreviated stint as the lead back when McCaffrey was injured in 2019.
Bonnafon could be promoted to the active roster following news that Christian McCaffrey has a high-ankle sprain, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
While Mike Davis will likely be the main beneficiary of McCaffrey's 4-to-6 week absence, Bonnafon could contribute occasionally. The Panthers already have Trenton Cannon on the active roster, though, so expect Bonnafon to be the No. 3 in the backfield if he's indeed called up. Bonnafon produced 173 total yards and a TD on 22 touches in 2019.
The Panthers signed Bonnafon to the practice squad Sunday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Bonnafon was cut by the Panthers on Saturday, but he'll stick with the team as an emergency option. He could see an opportunity to be activated if any of Christian McCaffrey, Mike Davis or Trenton Cannon are forced to miss time this season.
The Panthers waived Bonnafon on Saturday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Bonnafon served as Christian McCaffery's backup in 2019, but Mike Davis beat him out for the job this season. The 24-year-old Bonnafon only handled 22 offensive touches in 2019, but he flashed competence both out of the backfield and as a receiver in those limited opportunities.
Bonnafon signed a one-year contract extension with the Panthers on Tuesday.
Bonnafon was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent in March, but the Panthers opted to lock down Christian McCaffrey's backup for the 2020 season. The 24-year-old Bonnafon was barely used during McCaffrey's historic campaign, but the former flashed versatility in 2019, rushing 16 times for 116 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown while catching six of nine targets for 57 yards. We don't know whether new head coach Matt Rhule will allocate 400-plus touches to McCaffrey again next year, but Bonnafon nonetheless holds intriguing handcuff value for fantasy purposes.
Bonnafon rushed 16 times for 116 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season. He also caught six of nine targets for 57 yards.
Bonnafon made Carolina's roster after the preseason and served as the team's second-string tailback in his first campaign. However, with superstar Christian McCaffrey hardly ever leaving the field, Bonnafon's involvement on offense was heavily restricted. He never played more than 12 snaps on that side of the ball, but he was at least impactful when called upon, best evidenced by his 59-yard touchdown in Week 5 versus the Jaguars. Heading into the offseason, it remains to be seen whether the Panthers will offer the 23-year-old a contract to remain with the team, making the situation behind McCaffrey somewhat worthwhile to monitor in the coming months.
Bonnafon ran for 12 yards on two carries during Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts.
Sunday's output was Bonnafon's largest since Week 9, a consequence of playing behind Christian McCaffrey. Two touches aren't worth getting excited about, especially when they both came during the Panthers' final drive of a blowout. The rookie maintains little fantasy value heading into Sunday's finale against a middle-of-the-road Saints run defense.
Bonnafon rushed once for six yards in Sunday's 40-20 loss to the Falcons.
Bonnafon surprisingly was handed Carolina's second carry of the day after not toting the rock since Week 9. Despite that early involvement, Bonnafon didn't touch the ball again Sunday, which is usually the case for him behind superstar tailback Christian McCaffrey.
Bonnafon caught two of three targets for eight yards in Sunday's 29-3 loss to the Falcons.
Bonnafon finished with multiple receptions for the first time in his career, but he continues to see very little work behind superstar running back Christian McCaffrey.
Bonnafon did not record a touch during Sundays's 24-16 loss to Green Bay.
Bonnafon did not see the field on offense Sunday, the fourth time in nine games that the rookie has been limited to special teams. Nearly two-thirds of his rushing yardage this season came on a 59-yard run in Week 5 and, playing behind Christian McCaffrey, it's hard for Bonnafon to see more than a touch or two per game. He shouldn't garner fantasy consideration, especially Sunday against an Atlanta run defense that is fifth best in the league, surrendering just 3.8 yards per carry.
Bonnafon rushed three times for six yards and caught his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Titans.
His touches all came in the fourth quarter after Christian McCaffrey had already put together another monster, three-touchdown performance. Bonnafon played eight offensive snaps in total, topping fellow backup tailback Jordan Scarlett's three -- evidencing just how little fantasy value both players hold.
Bonnafon rushed once for four yards and caught one of three targets for three yards in Sunday's 51-13 loss to the 49ers.
Bonnafon played 12 offensive snaps behind star Christian McCaffrey, but rookie Jordan Scarlett actually saw more touches, garnering four carries. However, all those came in garbage time on the Panthers' final drive, which was Scarlett's only involvement on offense.
Bonnafon rushed five times for 80 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-27 win over the Jaguars.
Bonnafon had played just five offensive snaps prior to Sunday, but with superstar Christian McCaffrey dealing with cramps late, the sparingly used second-stringer was suddenly forced into action. To his credit, Bonnafon almost immediately made a substantial impact, ripping off a 59-yard touchdown with under four minutes remaining to extend Carolina's lead. As long as McCaffrey -- who totaled 237 yards and three touchdowns in another incredible performance -- is fit, Bonnafon's fantasy stock should remain rather restricted, but he at least put his best foot forward when called upon at a critical period Sunday.
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