QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Fri 11/27/20 1:27 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Minnesota, though he doesn't seem likely to play, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

"I'm pessimistic that he'll play," said Panthers coach Matt Rhule after Friday's practice. "But he's done enough this week to earn the right to have a chance." In any case, while McCaffrey's coach apparently doesn't expect him to play, it's interesting that the Panthers opted for 'questionable' rather than 'doubtful as the official designation. The star running back was a limited practice participant throughout the week, and he's expected to travel to Minnesota with his teammates, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Thu 11/26/20 12:47 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

While McCaffrey isn't expected to suit up for Sunday's game at Minnesota, he handled more reps Thursday than he did Wednesday, coach Matt Rhule told Getzenberg. Per Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site, McCaffrey remained in a red non-contact jersey again Thursday, so he may have to shed said jersey before the team clears him for game action. Assuming he doesn't play Sunday, McCaffrey will have a Week 13 bye to improve the health of the AC joint in his right shoulder. Mike Davis will continue to lead Carolina's backfield as long as McCaffrey is sidelined.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 11/25/20 2:43 PM

Coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that he doesn't expect McCaffrey (shoulder) to return for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

This lines up with a Monday report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, who said McCaffrey was "unlikely" to play this weekend. The star running back returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, so he at least is tentatively on track to return after the Panthers' bye Week 13.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Tue 11/24/20 7:50 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder) is expected to practice in some capacity Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is encouraging news for McCaffrey, who is dealing with an AC join injury and logged a trio of DNPs leading up to Week 11. However, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday that McCaffrey is "unlikely to play" in this Sunday's game against the Vikings. McCaffrey's potential return to the practice field won't necessarily impact that notion. Mike Davis will be ready to lead the backfield for a second straight game if McCaffrey is ultimately inactive in Week 12.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 11/23/20 4:52 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder) is considered unlikely to suit up in Minnesota on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he still considered McCaffrey "week-to-week," but it sounds like the star running back is trending toward missing a third straight game due to the AC joint injury he sustained Nov. 8. The Panthers haven't yet officially ruled McCaffrey out for Week 12, but if he ultimately is unable to go, Mike Davis will get another chance to lead the backfield.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 11/23/20 3:30 PM

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that McCaffrey is "week to week" ahead of the Week 12 matchup against Minnesota, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rhule didn't appear very optimistic about McCaffrey's chances to return this week, and it's reasonable to assume he'll remain sidelined with a Week 13 bye around the corner. The next update on McCaffrey's status likely will come when the Panthers reveal their official Wednesday practice report. If the star running back indeed is ruled out for a third straight week, Mike Davis will lead Carolina's backfield once again.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Thu 11/19/20 5:09 PM

Coach Matt Rhule said Thursday that he doesn't know when McCaffrey (shoulder) will be able to return, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey is set to miss a second consecutive contest due to the AC joint injury he suffered back on Nov. 8. Rhule noted, "No one knows their body better than Christian," and the running back will be cleared when he and team doctors collectively believe he's ready to suit up again. There's no telling when McCaffrey will take part in practice, but with no reps under his belt this week. the Panthers are poised to lean on Mike Davis out of the backfield yet again.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 11/18/20 12:57 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder) isn't on track to play Sunday against the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

Carolina was initially hopeful that the AC joint injury McCaffrey suffered to his shoulder Nov. 8 would only keep him out for one game, but he's heading toward a second straight absence after failing to make much notable progress over the past week. With McCaffrey slated to be sidelined, Mike Davis is in line for another start at running back for the Panthers in Week 11. McCaffrey will now target a possible return to game action Nov. 29 versus the Vikings.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 11/18/20 10:24 AM

McCaffrey (shoulder) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Panthers head coach Matt Rhule expressed optimism Monday that McCaffrey might be able to return from a one-game absence to play Sunday against Detroit, the fact that the running back won't be practicing to begin Week 11 prep isn't a promising early sign for his chances of returning to action. Mike Davis stepped into the lead role out of the backfield in McCaffrey's stead in the Week 10 loss to the Buccaneers and would be in line for another start versus Detroit if the All-Pro back can't go.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 11/16/20 3:42 PM

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he's hopeful about the chances of McCaffrey (shoulder) retaking the field against the Lions on Sunday, Kristen Balboni of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Optimism aside, Rhule also said that McCaffrey remains week-to-week and that he's heard "nothing different" about the star running back's recovery from an AC joint injury, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press. Similarly, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that McCaffrey is unlikely to face Detroit and that the Panthers haven't ruled out a multi-week absence. That said, Rhule is at least leaving the door open for a tentative Week 11 return. McCaffrey couldn't practice in any capacity last week, so if he's able to resume handling some amount of reps in the coming days, he at least could have a shot at suiting up Sunday.