Matt Rhule: We’ll see how Christian McCaffrey is next week

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A report on Wednesday indicated Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will miss Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a shoulder injury and Panthers head coach Matt Rhule all but confirmed it when he met with reporters.

McCaffrey did not practice with the team and Rhule said, via multiple reporters, that he is “pretty much out this week.” Rhule went on to say that the team would see “how he is for next week.”

Rhule added that it is an AC joint issue in the shoulder and that he does not believe that the injury will end McCaffrey’s season.

That’s positive news, but any more missed time is a big negative for the Panthers as they try to end a four-game losing streak. McCaffrey already missed six games with an ankle injury this season.

Mike Davis will resume the lead back role and the Panthers added Reggie Bonnafon to the 53-man roster on Wednesday.

3 responses to “Matt Rhule: We’ll see how Christian McCaffrey is next week

  1. I think McCaffrey will be the last running back to “break the bank” and get paid early. Even when the next elite running back plays out his contract, I think teams will think longer & harder about whether to let them move on.
    Looking at you Dalvin Cook and Derrick Henry.

  2. Very impressed with Rhule’s coaching Sunday Panthers couldn’t have made a better decision than they did in hiring him. Whichever young quarterback is lucky enough to start their career under this guy is going to be better for it
    Their potential bust meter will go way down as well.

  3. You would think that with McCaffrey’s size and versatile skill set, that the Panthers would not be using him the way Tenn. uses Derrick Henry, for instance? Seems they should be using him sometimes in the backfield, sometimes in motion, sometimes split wide, etc.
    Using him as an every-down RB would seem to be accelerating the decline in their investment?

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