Matt Rhule doesn’t expect Christian McCaffrey to play Sunday

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It appears Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will miss his 10th game of the season on Sunday.

McCaffrey missed practice on Thursday after getting in a limited session on Wednesday. Head coach Matt Rhule said at a press conference later in the day that he does not expect running back Christian McCaffrey to play against the Broncos in Week 14.

McCaffrey has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury, but looked to be on the mend when he said he was feeling “really great” earlier this week. He picked up a quad injury at some point last week, however, and Rhule said it tightened up on Wednesday.

The quad issue continues an injury-plagued year for McCaffrey. He missed six games with an ankle injury he suffered in Week Two and returned to score a pair of touchdowns in Week 9 before hurting his shoulder.

4 responses to “Matt Rhule doesn’t expect Christian McCaffrey to play Sunday

  1. I have him in fantasy and need him for the playoffs…but this team needs to SHUT HIM DOWN for the year and look ahead to next year.

  2. Great college player but always figured he lacked the size and durability for the NFL. Maybe a role shift to 3rd down specialist could keep him on the field. As is he may only have a season or so left in him.

  3. They need to come to the realization that with what they are paying him they can’t risk treating him like just some normal player who gets thrown out there still halfway injured. He needs to be at 100% and they can’t risk these ongoing injuries becoming chronic. Yet every week he’s limited in practice and there’s this big debate that maybe he’ll still play even though the games mean nothing at this point.

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