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Sports Panthers' Rhule: McCaffrey '50-50' for Sunday vs. Vikings

02:16  14 october  2021
02:16  14 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Matt Rhule said running back Christian McCaffrey is “50-50” for Carolina's game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

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McCaffrey has missed Carolina’s last two games with a hamstring injury. The Panthers (3-2) have lost both games without their 2019 All-Pro running back in the lineup.

“I think it will probably come right up until Sunday,” Rhule said of McCaffrey's status this week. “It will be like a game-time decision. It could go one way or the other right now.”

McCaffrey was officially listed as limited in practice Wednesday. He also practiced last week on a limited basis, but was designated on Friday as doubtful for the game.

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Panthers head coach Matt Rhule told reporters Monday he's "hopeful" McCaffrey will play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday , according to Pro Football Talk's Myles Simmons. McCaffrey injured his hamstring in a Week 3 win over the Houston Texans and hasn't played since. He had a chance to play in Sunday 's 21-18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Panthers opted to sideline him another week. The 25-year-old was a limited participant in practice last week, and his participation in drills this week will likely determine if he plays against the Vikings .

The Panthers ruled Christian McCaffrey out for Sunday 's game against the Bucs but are hopeful the RB can return next week against the Lions. McCaffrey didn't practice all week. McCaffrey sought a second opinion on what Rhule called an AC joint issue later in the week that gave a more promising outlook for missing only one game. This will be the seventh game McCaffrey has missed this season after missing none his first three seasons.

“I think it will come down to how he feels, and we have to wait and see how he responds to today,” Rhule said. “But I couldn't say either way right now.”

Quarterback Sam Darnold said he misses having McCaffrey in the backfield with him, even though rookie Chuba Hubbard ran for 101 yards on 24 carries last week against the Eagles.

“There is just something about him," Darnold said. “When he has the ball in his hands, he’s able to do things a lot of people aren’t able to do.”

The Panthers did get starting left tackle Cam Erving back to practice after he missed Carolina's 21-18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. If Erving returns this week, Taylor Moton will slide back over to the right tackle spot, Rhule said.

Carolina also designated guard Pat Elflein for return from injured reserve after being out with a hamstring injury.

Rhule also said linebacker Shaq Thompson will miss his second straight week with a foot injury.

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Panthers place McCaffrey on IR; RB can't return until Week 9 .
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have placed running back Christian McCaffrey on injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least the next three games with a hamstring injury. McCaffrey already has missed two games, both Carolina losses. The earliest he will be able to return to game action is Nov. 7 against the New England Patriots. McCaffrey will have missed 18 of 24 games with injuries since becoming the league’s highest-paid running back following the 2019 season. The Panthers (3-2) host the Minnesota Vikings (2-3) on Sunday. Chuba Hubbard will continue to start for McCaffrey.

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