RB - CAR
Week 12 Outlook
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said the team doesn’t expect RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) to play in Week 12 vs. the Vikings.
This was likely the plan all along after McCaffrey sustained the shoulder injury with the Panthers on a Bye in Week 13. McCaffrey’s next chance to play will come in Week 14 against the Broncos. In the meantime, expect Mike Davis to shoulder the load out of the backfield, with a little Rodney Smith and Curtis Samuel mixed in.
Carolina Panthers superstar running back Christian McCaffrey will practice on Wednesday, albeit in a red non-contact jersey.
According to Ian Rapoport on Twitter, McCaffrey has arrived at Panthers practice but will be donning the red non-contact jersey. This is a good sign for his potential availability this week, but we will likely need to see him take some contact in order for him to be cleared for Week 12. McCaffrey's fantasy managers should still keep their contingency plans at the ready but should be cautiously optimistic based on this report.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is expected to get "some practice" work in on Wednesday.
Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is expected to practice this week as well. McCaffrey's status remains up in the air for Week 12. It's worth noting that Carolina has a Week 13 bye, so the team has incentive to hold him out an extra week as it relates to his latest injury.
Panthers coach Matt Rhule says star RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) will be evaluated "week to week", and that his Week 12 availability is up in the air.
On Monday, HC Matt Rhule didn't seem all that optimistic when discussing McCaffrey's status for Sunday, stating that "Christian, we'll take it week to week." Fantasy managers have been without the expert consensus pre-season top-ranked player for the majority of the season, and they may have to wait a little bit longer. Mike Davis remains a must-start RB1 in McCaffrey's absence, and hopefully CMC will be back for the fantasy playoffs.
RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is not expected to play in Sunday’s Week 11 contest against the Lions. The Panthers originally listed McCaffrey as out, but updated his game status to “not expected to play” minutes after.
The Panthers have updated McCaffrey’s status from “ruled out” to “not expected to play” in Sunday’s game against the Lions. CMC needs additional time to recover from his shoulder injury and will most likely sit Week 11. The Panthers have a bye Week 13, it’s possible Carolina could rest their star RB until Week 14. Mike Davis will once again handle the Panthers’ backfield and is currently 14th among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings for Week 11.