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Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey Expected to Return from Ankle Injury vs. Chiefs, After suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to return for a Nov. 8 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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McCaffrey was back at practice heading into Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, but the team chose not to activate him out of caution after he didn’t get to participate in a full practice, per ESPN’s David Newton.

Carolina coach Matt Rhule made it clear to CSL Fox 46 that McCaffrey will not play until he’s “100 percent”:

The highest-paid running back in the league was hurt as the Panthers fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to drop to 0-2 on the season. With McCaffrey sidelined, the team could have fallen further, but Mike Davis, who is in Carolina for the second season, has posted 283 yards and two touchdowns in five starts.

The Panthers have gone 3-2 since, but for the season, they have been able to convert just 52 percent of red-zone appearances into touchdowns, sixth-worst in the league. It’s clear Carolina misses McCaffrey, who scored four touchdowns in his two outings and had never missed a game before this injury.

On Wednesday, Rhule expressed his desire for the running/receiving dual threat to return.

“I want to win today, so I’m hopeful that it is today,” Rhule told reporters. “All I can say is, won’t be a minute too early.”

Panthers activate top cornerback off COVID-19/reserve list ahead of game vs. Chiefs

Panthers cornerback Rasul Douglas is coming back.

Carolina announced Monday afternoon that they activated Douglas off the COVID-19/reserve list ahead of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Douglas, who was put on the list Oct. 23, missed the Panthers’ game against the Falcons last Thursday. Without him, the Panthers struggled to contain top wide receiver Julio Jones, who finished with seven catches for 137 yards.

The Panthers claimed Douglas off waivers Sept. 6. Since his addition, he had been the Panthers’ best cornerback in defending the pass. Through six games this season, Douglas has 27 tackles, six pass deflections and one tackle for loss. He is often asked to guard the opposing team’s best receiver.
“He’s really a big part of our defense,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said in a Zoom press conference Monday. “Not just physically, but emotionally.”

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