Matt Rhule “hopeful” Christian McCaffrey can play Thursday

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Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey made an in-practice change on Tuesday from wearing a red, non-contact jersey to his regular practice garb and the door remains open to him returning to action against the Falcons on Thursday night.

Head coach Matt Rhule said at a press conference after McCaffrey took part in Tuesday’s practice that he’s “hopeful” about having him in the backfield this week. Rhule added that the team would have to see how McCaffrey’s ankle responded to Tuesday’s work before making any further plans.

The Panthers formally designated McCaffrey for return from injured reserve on Tuesday. They opened a roster spot on Monday by releasing wide receiver Seth Roberts.

McCaffrey’s status will be the headline of any injury news from Carolina, but he’s not actually on their injury report because he’s still on injured reserve. The Panthers injury report shows that they practiced without cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring), defensive tackle Zach Kerr (toe), and left tackle Russell Okung (calf). Guard John Miller (ankle) was a limited participant.

7 responses to “Matt Rhule “hopeful” Christian McCaffrey can play Thursday

  1. Naterade says:
    October 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    They play better without him. They should trade him.

    I respect your opinion. Trade him to KC and everybody can just sit and enjoy.

  2. They should let him heal up a couple more weeks for those of us who sniped Mike Davis away from Sleepy CMac owners in fantasy football 😉

  3. Naterade says:
    October 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm
    They play better without him. They should trade him.

    with pleasure
    Melvin gordon+ 2rd 2021/Christian Mccaffrey 7rd 2021?

  4. Someone else wants to see the Colorado boys in a RB committee? CHRISTIAN + PHILLIP IN DENVER !!!

  5. some should watch the games before making comments
    Mike Davis has played poorly the last 2 weeks & has proven to be a good backup

  6. Whoever thinks the Panthers play better without their once in a generation player need to actually start watching the games. Davis was great against bad defenses and mediocre at best when the defenses were tough. Mccaffrey is elite no matter who he plays against.

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