QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Sun 12/13/20 11:37 AM

McCaffrey (shoulder/thigh) will not play Week 14 against the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

No surprises here, as McCaffrey entered game day with a doubtful designation that was officially confirmed upon the release of inactives. McCaffrey will keep his sights on a Week 15 return, while Mike Davis again takes a leading role in the Carolina backfield in the meantime.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Sun 12/13/20 7:25 AM

McCaffrey (thigh/shoulder) is not in line to play Sunday against the Broncos, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey was listed as doubtful by the Panthers on their Week 14 injury report and his game status will be officially confirmed upon the release of the team's inactives leading up to Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. While McCaffrey targets a return down his team's stretch run, Mike Davis is slated to continue to head Carolina's backfield versus Denver, with Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon also in the mix to see complementary work.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Fri 12/11/20 1:32 PM

McCaffrey (thigh/shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Denver, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The plan for McCaffrey to return from his shoulder injury after a Week 13 bye was spoiled by the addition of a thigh/quad injury. He was a limited practice participant Wednesday before being held out entirely Thursday and Friday. Mike Davis now is set for at least one more week in the lead backfield role, with Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon potentially getting some work off the bench. The Panthers will be on a tightened schedule next week, preparing for a Saturday game against the Packers.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Fri 12/11/20 12:23 PM

McCaffrey (thigh) isn't practicing Friday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Matt Rhule already said he doesn't expect McCaffrey to play this week, and the running back now has missed back-to-back practices. The Panthers were hoping McCaffrey could return from a shoulder injury after their Week 13 bye, but he hurt his thigh/quad somewhere along the way, so Mike Davis should get another week in the lead role.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Thu 12/10/20 3:11 PM

Coach Matt Rhule said Thursday "at this time I do not expect (McCaffrey - shoulder/thigh) to play" against the Broncos on Sunday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rhule also said that McCaffrey, who missed Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday, is currently rehabbing. The star running back is dealing with both a new thigh injury and his lingering AC joint sprain. Though McCaffrey hasn't yet been officially ruled out, it certainly looks like Mike Davis is trending toward leading Carolina's backfield versus Denver.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Thu 12/10/20 12:57 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder/thigh) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey went down as limited at practice Wednesday, but Thursday's downgrade in participation now clouds the running back's status for Sunday's game against the Broncos. If he's unable to suit up this weekend, Mike Davis would be in line to head Carolina's Week 14 backfield.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 12/9/20 2:29 PM3 Comments

McCaffrey (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, with coach Matt Rhule revealing afterward that the running back is now bothered by a thigh injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey seemed to be on track for a return after Carolina's Week 13 bye, but his situation now looks a bit more complicated with the addition of a second injury to accompany his AC joint sprain. Rhule said McCaffrey "tweaked" his thigh last week, and then felt some tightness during Wednesday's practice. The running back's practice participation Thursday and Friday will be carefully monitored, with Mike Davis on hand for another start if McCaffrey can't face the Broncos on Sunday.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 12/9/20 12:39 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder) is slated to be a full participant in practice Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com.

EDGE Analysis

The Panthers will release their first Week 14 practice report later Wednesday, which will reveal whether McCaffrey did in fact take part in the session without any limitations. Assuming that ends up being the case, McCaffrey will be on track to return to action Sunday against the Broncos, spelling an end to his three-game absence.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 12/7/20 12:53 PM2 Comments

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he's "hopeful" McCaffrey (shoulder) will be available for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey appears to have a solid shot to retake the field coming off Carolina's bye, a development which would certainly be welcome for fantasy managers who've only had the standout running back available for three games this season. A final decision on McCaffrey's status will almost certainly come down to the extent of his participation in practice.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Sat 11/28/20 12:34 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder) will not play Sunday against the Vikings after the running back did not travel with the team, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

All signs pointed to this being the likely outcome, so it's at least comforting for fantasy managers the decision wasn't in limbo for long. It certainly seems as if McCaffrey could return to his usual workhorse role following the team's Week 13 bye, but at least for Sunday, expect another heavy dose of Mike Davis as the lead back with Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon mixing in on occasion.