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Sports Rhule hopeful McCaffrey will return vs. Falcons

01:55  27 october  2020
01:55  27 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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In Matt Rhule 's first NFL game, the coach left Carolina Panthers fans scratching their heads. Trailing 34-30 to the Las Vegas Raiders with 1:23 left in the game, the Despite having the NFL's highest-paid running back at his disposal, Rhule chose not to hand the ball to his best player, Christian McCaffrey .

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he's not sure if Christian McCaffrey (ankle) will be back "this week, next week, or the week after." NFL Network reports Christian McCaffrey (high-ankle sprain) will miss his fifth straight game in Week 7 but "has a shot" at returning for Week 8 vs . the Falcons .

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Matt Rhule said “it’s a possibility” star running back Christian McCaffrey could return to action Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons.

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“It’s sort of out of my hands, but I am hopeful we will have him,” Rhule said, adding that the decision is largely up to the team’s training staff.

McCaffrey was back on the practice field Monday wearing a red jersey signifying an injured player and he remains on the team’s injured reserve list for now. He did not practice, working instead with the training staff.

The 2019 All-Pro running back has missed the past five games with a high ankle sprain.

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Rhule said it will be difficult to get a gauge on McCaffrey 's return abilities since there is no preseason. As for the risk of injury to his best player, Rhule said, “anytime you step out on the football field there is a risk of injury.” He added that he thinks punt returns are safer than kick returns

He was off to a solid start with 223 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in the first two games. He left a Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers in the fourth quarter and hasn't practiced since.

The Panthers (3-4) are in need of a win to stay in the thick of the NFC South race, so they could certainly use McCaffrey.

While there is some conventional thinking that the team might err on the side of caution and hold him out Thursday, thus giving him another 10 days to allow him to recover, Rhule seemed to put that notion to rest, saying “if you know Christian, he wants to play. As soon as he is ready to go he will go.”

“That would be exciting to see Christian back out there if he is ready to go,” quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said. “He's been working extremely hard and I know he's itching to get back out there.”

Carolina defeated the Falcons in Atlanta 23-16 three weeks ago without McCaffrey. McCaffrey's backup Mike Davis had a big game in the previous matchup, rushing for 89 yards on 16 carries and catching nine passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Panthers left tackle Russell Okung and guard John Miller did not practice Monday.

NOTES: The Panthers released wide receiver Seth Roberts and practice squad defensive back Josh Hawkins.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Opposing defences are learning success can be had when blitzing Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers. In what has become a common theme in recent weeks, the Falcons brought the heat against Bridgewater, sacking him three times and forcing him to throw the ball away on several others. That left coach Matt Rhule pointing the finger directly at his offensive line after Carolina’s 25-17 loss to Atlanta. “You just can’t really winIn what has become a common theme in recent weeks, the Falcons brought the heat against Bridgewater, sacking him three times and forcing him to throw the ball away on several others.

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