Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Sat 8/13/22 11:56 AM

McCaffrey will not play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Commanders.
EDGE Analysis
This shouldn't come as a surprise given the Panthers want to be extra cautious with their star back. Expect the likes of Chuba Hubbard and D'Onta Foreman to see the majority of the first-team reps as the Panthers kick off the QB competition between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, who both are expected to play at least a series in Saturday's contest.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 7/25/22 10:12 PM1 Comment

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he doesn't expect any changes to McCaffrey's preseason routine, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 26-year-old running back missed 13 games in 2020 and 10 more in 2021, after starting his career with three consecutive 16-game seasons, including a legendary 2019 in which he outscored every other player by at least 55 PPR points (and every RB by at least 155). That upside has McCaffrey going top 5 in fantasy leagues this summer, even with the injury concerns and Carolina's shaky situation at quarterback, where Baker Mayfield will challenge Sam Darnold for the starting job. McCaffrey hasn't touched the ball in a preseason game since 2019 and has stayed healthy throughout training camp each year, with all his injuries instead occurring during regular-season action (always a risk when handling so many snaps and touches). The good news is that he didn't have to rehab from surgery this offseason, and it seems he's been healthy since the spring (or even earlier) after ending 2021 on injured reserve with a sprained ankle. The Panthers signed D'Onta Foreman to compete with Chuba Hubbard for the backup RB job, but neither figures to see many carries behind McCaffrey when the Panthers host the Browns in their regular-season opener Sunday, Sept. 11.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Tue 5/24/22 3:27 PM

McCaffrey (ankle) looked good while participating in the Panthers' OTAs on Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
McCaffrey continues to avoid setbacks this offseason after dealing with various injuries during the 2021 campaign. The 2017 first-round pick has only played in 10 games over the past two seasons after not missing a contest over his first three years in the NFL. McCaffrey appears to be healthy heading into the 2022 campaign, and the Panthers intend to keep it that way by holding him out of preseason games again and possibly taking a different approach with him during practices, per Joe Person of The Athletic.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 4/18/22 3:30 PM

McCaffrey (ankle) is participating in offseason workouts.
EDGE Analysis
It's another hint McCaffrey didn't have too much trouble this offseason with any of the various injuries that impacted his 2021 campaign. He played only 10 games over the past two years, but he does seem to be in good health at the moment, and he averaged 112.1 total yards and 5.4 catches per game last season despite exiting early with injuries in two of his seven appearances. Apart from health, the biggest concern for McCaffrey is poor QB play, as the Panthers still are in the process of trying to upgrade on Sam Darnold.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Tue 3/22/22 7:51 PM

McCaffrey (ankle) restructured his contract with the Panthers on Tuesday, opening up about $5.5 million in salary cap space for 2022, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Panthers wanted to free up some cap space to maintain their flexibility for the offseason, and McCaffrey was a natural candidate for restructure. The 25-year-old is coming off his second consecutive injury-riddled season, as he was limited to seven games in 2021 by hamstring and ankle injuries, and he totaled 99 carries for 442 yards and 37 receptions for 343 yards with two total touchdowns.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 1/10/22 1:35 PM

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he "fully expects" McCaffrey (ankle) to remain with the Panthers for the 2022 season, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
McCaffrey topped 400 touches during the 2019 campaign but has missed extended time in each of the last two seasons due to injuries. He appeared in 10 games across the last two years and rushed 158 times for 667 yards and six touchdowns while catching 54 of 60 targets for 492 yards and two touchdowns during that time. The 25-year-old has been mentioned in trade rumors recently, but it appears as though the Panthers are committed to bringing back their star running back in 2022.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 12/22/21 5:04 PM

The Panthers removed McCaffrey (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
EDGE Analysis
McCaffrey already was ruled out for the season after landing on injured reserve for a second time, but he's back there following a positive test for the virus last Tuesday. Chuba Hubbard and Ameer Abdullah will continue to split the Panthers backfield between them for the rest of the campaign.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Tue 12/14/21 3:03 PM

McCaffrey (ankle) was shifted from injured reserve to the reserve/COVID-19 list after the running back tested positive for the virus Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
McCaffrey's season is over due to his second stint on IR, the result of an ankle issue, but he'll now stay away from the Panthers' facilities until he clears the league's COVID-19 protocols. In the meantime, the team will continue to roll with Chuba Hubbard and Ameer Abdullah out of the backfield.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 11/29/21 1:51 PM4 Comments

McCaffrey (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
EDGE Analysis
McCaffrey was unable to play in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Dolphins due to his ankle injury, and he'll be forced to miss the final five weeks of the regular season following an MRI on Monday. The 25-year-old was also sidelined for five weeks earlier in the regular season due to a hamstring injury, and he'll finish another injury-shortened season with 99 carries for 442 yards and a touchdown while hauling in 37 of 41 targets for 343 yards and a touchdown across seven appearances. Chuba Hubbard is in line for a starting role for the remainder of the 2021 campaign.

Christian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 11/29/21 9:17 AM

Initial X-rays on McCaffrey's injured ankle came back negative, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that McCaffrey "rolled" his ankle and likely avoided a major injury, though the star running back missed the entire second half of Sunday's loss to the Dolphins (after briefly attempting a return in the second quarter). With Carolina on bye in Week 13, the early reports suggest McCaffrey at least has some shot at avoiding an absence.