QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 11/16/20 10:28 AM

McCaffrey (shoulder) is not expected to suit up against the Lions on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 24-year-old running back appears set to miss a second straight contest due to an AC joint injury, an event that would likely once again thrust Mike Davis into a three-down role in Carolina's backfield. McCaffrey wasn't able to practice in any capacity last week, so it would represent tangible progress if he's able to log at least some amount of on-field activity leading up to Sunday's contest against Detroit, even if he is ultimately forced to miss the game. With Teddy Bridgewater (knee) considered day-to-day due to an MCL sprain and also in apparent danger of missing Week 11, a number of key positions for the Panthers' offense are currently in flux.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Fri 11/13/20 6:13 PM

Coach Matt Rhule is hopeful McCaffrey (shoulder) can return for a Week 11 game against the Lions, ESPN's David Newton reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey was held out of practice this week and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, but the Panthers remain hopeful his AC joint injury won't require a multi-week absence. The missed game Sunday will be McCaffrey's seventh this season, giving Mike Davis yet another chance to fill the lead backfield role.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Fri 11/13/20 1:25 PM

McCaffrey (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey didn't practice at all this week and never had a real shot at playing in Sunday's game. However, a second opinion brought some positive feedback on his AC joint injury, with the doctor reportedly suggesting McCaffrey could be ready to play as soon as Week 11 against the Lions. It remains to be seen if that actually happens, but we do know Mike Davis will handle the lead backfield role this coming Sunday.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Thu 11/12/20 9:49 AM

McCaffrey has a realistic chance to play Week 11 against the Lions following a second opinion on his injured shoulder, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey is all but officially ruled out this week against Tampa Bay, with Mike Davis again set to lead the charge in the Carolina backfield. While fantasy managers should consider McCaffrey "week-to-week," this is probably a best-case scenario, as all that was known previously about his AC joint injury was that it wasn't season-ending. McCaffrey's practice participation will be worth closely monitoring heading into next week.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 11/11/20 2:51 PM

Coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that McCaffrey (shoulder) is "day-to-day" or "week-to-week", clarifying that the running back's AC joint injury shouldn't be a season-ender, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey isn't expected to practice or play this week, and he's already scheduled for a second opinion on the shoulder. Mike Davis is set for another stint in the lead backfield role, though it isn't likely to last for six games again, even if the 3-6 Panthers take a cautious approach to injuries over the final two months of a rebuilding season.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 11/11/20 11:14 AM

McCaffrey's right shoulder injury is expected to sideline him for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per David Newton of ESPN.com, the running back won't practice Wednesday and is seeking a second opinion on his shoulder injury, which he sustained in Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Chiefs in his return from a six-game absence due to a high-ankle sprain. Schefter suggests that McCaffrey is considered week-to-week at this stage, so he could end up missing time beyond this Sunday. Assuming McCaffrey is indeed officially ruled out by the Panthers later this week, Mike Davis would once again fill in as the team's feature back, as he did when McCaffrey was out earlier this season.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Wed 11/11/20 9:27 AM

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

EDGE Analysis

Coach Matt Rhule gave McCaffrey the vague "day-to-day" label after the running back suffered a painful shoulder injury Sunday in the Panthers' 33-31 loss to the Chiefs. The outing was McCaffrey's first since Week 2, when he suffered a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him for the Panthers' next six games. While McCaffrey's shoulder issue doesn't yet look to be nearly as much of a concern, David Newton of ESPN.com notes that the 24-year-old is set to receive a second opinion on the injury, putting his availability for this weekend's game against the Buccaneers in doubt. McCaffrey will likely need to practice Thursday or Friday on at least a limited basis to have a realistic shot at playing against Tampa Bay, but if not, Mike Davis would step in as the Panthers' feature back.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 11/9/20 1:18 PM

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that McCaffrey is "day-to-day" after injuring his shoulder on the last drive of Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Chiefs, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rhule confirmed that McCaffrey is slated to undergo further medical tests, per Person, and that the Panthers expect to have a better idea of his health by Wednesday's first practice session of the week. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously reported that McCaffrey's status is "very much in doubt" for Week 10, but Rhule's comments sound more optimistic. At any rate, Mike Davis once again would be in line to lead Carolina's backfield if McCaffrey has to miss any more time.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Mon 11/9/20 10:00 AM

McCaffrey could miss time with a shoulder injury, and his status is "very much in doubt" for Week 10 against Tampa Bay, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey piled up 151 total yards and two touchdowns while playing 71 percent of offensive snaps Sunday against the Chiefs, but he was injured on the final drive of the game and now needs testing to evaluate his shoulder. Depending on the results, Mike Davis could get another shot in the lead backfield role for Carolina.

QChristian McCaffrey
RB CAR (13)
Sun 11/8/20 4:50 PM

McCaffrey rushed 18 times for 69 yards and a touchdown and brought in all 10 targets for 82 yards and another score in the Panthers' 33-31 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. However, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports McCaffrey missed the last play of the game with a rib injury of unknown severity.

EDGE Analysis

McCaffrey was activated from injured reserve Saturday and was set to share time fairly evenly with Mike Davis in his first game action since Week 2. Ultimately, the Pro Bowl running back outpaced his teammate by 17 carries, and he ended up leading the team in receptions as well. McCaffrey showed no ill effects from the ankle sprain that had kept him sidelined in recent weeks, but the late-game rib injury naturally will be a source of concern for both the team and fantasy managers until more information is revealed. If he's able to suit up Week 10, McCaffrey will be in for a tough statistical matchup against a Buccaneers defense that was successful in limiting him the last three times it's faced him.