|ADP:||Round: 1, Pick: 1|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 202 lb.|
|Born:||June 7, 1996|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 1 (8)|
McCaffrey (thigh) has restructured his contract to free up cap space for the Panthers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The exact details of McCaffrey's restructured deal remain undisclosed, but it's likely that the star running back has converted a portion of his base salary into a signing bonus, a common tactic utilized by teams attempting to free up cap space. As such, McCaffrey's contract situation with the Panthers stands to remain mostly unchanged by the move. His current deal technically lasts through 2025, but with a potential 'out' after 2022. Of course, freeing up additional space for Carolina to make maneuver the offseason could end up improving McCaffrey's team context heading into 2021.
McCaffrey (thigh) said Monday that he doesn't expect to require offseason surgery, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: McCaffrey endured an injury-plagued 2020 season, ultimately only suiting up for three contests on the year due to a combination of thigh, shoulder and ankle issues. Avoiding any offseason procedures would seemingly bode well for McCaffrey's chances of making an unhindered recovery in time for Carolina's offseason program and the start of the 2021 season, at which time he'll no doubt be back in the conversation at the top of fantasy drafts. In his three 2020 appearances, McCaffrey accumulated 225 yards and five touchdowns on 59 carries (3.8 YPC). He also secured 17 of 19 targets for 148 yards and another score.
McCaffrey (thigh) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Saints, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: As expected, both McCaffrey and Mike Davis (ankle) are unavailable, leaving backfield reps available for some combination of Rodney Smith, Trenton Cannon, Alex Armah and even Curtis Samuel. McCaffrey will conclude an injury-marred campaign with 59 carries for 225 yards (3.8 YPC) and five touchdowns while hauling in 17 of 19 targets for 149 yards and another TD in three appearances.
McCaffrey (thigh) is considered "very doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: For whatever reason, the Panthers are listing a bunch of players as doubtful rather than out. None of the group -- including RB Mike Davis (ankle) -- is expected to play, leaving Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon atop the Carolina depth chart for Week 17. The team also can use WR Curtis Samuel and FB Alex Armah in the backfield, so Smith -- the likely starter -- won't automatically take over Davis' role. Davis ended up starting 12 games this year, as ankle, shoulder and thigh injuries limited McCaffrey to three appearances. The star running back nonetheless figures to be a top-three fantasy pick in 2021, just two years removed from an all-time season and entering his age-25 campaign. There's been no report of McCaffrey considering surgery for any of his 2020 injuries, and he should have plenty of time to recover before next season even if he does need some type of procedure.
Coach Matt Rhule said McCaffrey (thigh) won't play Week 17 against the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Mike Davis (ankle) is also expected to miss the game, leaving Rodney Smith, Trenton Cannon and Curtis Samuel as Carolina's tailback options. McCaffrey finishes 2020 with 374 total yards and six touchdowns in three appearances, playing Weeks 1, 2 and 9. A high-ankle sprain held him out Weeks 3-8, and he then injured his shoulder in his first game back. There was talk of McCaffrey returning after a Week 13 bye, until he hurt his thigh/quad while rehabbing. Meanwhile, Davis was unable to maintain his early momentum, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry and 5.8 per catch over the last 10 games. McCaffrey should be a popular top-three fantasy pick again in 2021, returning to his three-down role in a Carolina offense that at least looked competent for the majority of Rhule's debut season.
McCaffrey (thigh) was wearing a red, non-contact jersey at practice Wednesday, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: The same applies to fellow running back Mike Davis (undisclosed). McCaffrey doesn't seem likely to play Sunday against the Saints, and if Davis is out or limited at all this weekend, Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon would be next up for the team's Week 17 carries.
Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that McCaffrey (thigh) is "probably a no" to suit up against the Saints in Week 17, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: McCaffrey appears set to close out the 2020 campaign with a seventh consecutive absence, setting his sights on returning to full health for 2021 rather than risk further injury in a meaningless regular-season finale. If the Pro Bowl running back is officially ruled out to face the Saints, Mike Davis will stand to handle a workhorse role once again.
McCaffrey (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against Washington, Bill Voth of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: As expected, McCaffrey will log a sixth consecutive absence and remains with just three active games on his 2020 ledger. The Pro Bowl running back will have one final opportunity to suit up this season in Week 17 against the Saints, but given the Panthers' lack of postseason aspirations, it's fair to wonder whether it will be worthwhile to risk McCaffrey's health in a meaningless finale. Mike Davis will assume primary running back duties again for Carolina versus Washington on Sunday.
McCaffrey (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Washington, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The running back didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, and the Panthers aren't holding a session Friday. Coach Matt Rhule already said he doesn't expect McCaffrey to play, leaving Mike Davis as the probable starter for a sixth consecutive game. While he could still try to make it back for Week 17, the lack of practice participation suggests McCaffrey's thigh injury isn't cooperating with his plans.
McCaffrey (thigh) missed practice Thursday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: One day removed from calling McCaffrey "doubtful" to play Sunday at Washington, coach Matt Rhule again touched on the running back, telling David Newton of ESPN.com that McCaffrey "wants to play," but he's "just not quite there yet." With no practice to speak of yet this week and no clarity on if game action is possible before the end of the campaign, it stands to reason McCaffrey exits an injury-riddled fourth year as a pro with just three appearances under his belt.
Coach Matt Rhule said McCaffrey (thigh) looks "doubtful" to return for Sunday's game at Washington, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: When he spoke to the media last week, Rhule said McCaffrey could make it back for the upcoming matchup with Washington. A week later, the star running back apparently hasn't made much progress, as he was held out of Wednesday's practice and then deemed doubtful by his own coach. Mike Davis will prepare for his 12th start of the season and sixth in a row.
McCaffrey (thigh) didn't participate in the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: With McCaffrey likely to be officially deemed a non-participant in the session, the chances of him suiting up Sunday against Washington don't look especially bright at this time. As long as he remains on Carolina's active roster, however, the door remains open for the running back to see action before the team's 2020 campaign ends.
Coach Matt Rhule hopes that McCaffrey (thigh) can practice Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Per David Newton of ESPN.com, if McCaffrey is able to return to practice Wednesday, he'll continue to be evaluated through the week before a call on his status for Sunday's game against Washington is made. If McCaffrey remains sidelined in Week 16, Mike Davis would continue to head Carolina's backfield this weekend, with Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon in the mix to see complementary work.
McCaffrey (thigh) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: McCaffrey is thus in line to miss a fifth consecutive contest and his 11th overall this season. In his absence, Mike Davis will continue to head the Panthers' backfield on Saturday. Per David Newton of ESPN.com, coach Matt Rhule hopes that McCaffrey can play next weekend against Washington.
McCaffrey (thigh), who is still officially listed as doubtful, will not play Saturday against the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: This was hardly a surprise to anyone, but it reaffirms the lead role will once again belong to Mike Davis, this time in a juicy matchup against the susceptible Packers run defense. It's worth noting the Panthers have not officially downgraded McCaffrey, but it certainly appears to be trending in that direction. Schefter suggested McCaffrey still wants to play at some point this season, but with just two games left to go and the Panthers out of the playoff race, it's possible the 24-year-old could be shut down for the rest of the season.
McCaffrey (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game at Green Bay, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: McCaffrey followed the same exact regimen last week before the Panthers ruled him out: limited to kick off the practice week, followed by no activity the next two days before receiving a doubtful tag. As a result, he's in line to miss a fifth consecutive contest and 11th overall this season. In McCaffrey's stead, look for Mike Davis to lead the Panthers backfield yet again.
McCaffrey (thigh) isn't taking part in Thursday's practice, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: As of Wednesday, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was still leaving the door open for McCaffrey to put an end to a four-game absence Saturday at Green Bay, but the running back's chances of playing appear to be dimming by the day. After opening the week as a limited participant in practice Tuesday, McCaffrey has now failed to take any reps two days in a row. The Panthers will officially give McCaffrey a designation later Thursday, when the team releases its final Week 15 injury report.
Coach Matt Rhule said McCaffrey (thigh) could return for the Panthers' Week 16 matchup with Washington, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: No need to read between the lines for Week 15, as Rhule already said McCaffrey isn't expected to play. The downgrade from limited practice participation Tuesday to non-participation Wednesday all but confirms it, leaving Mike Davis as the team's lead back for another week. It doesn't sound like the Panthers have any plans to shut McCaffrey down, so he should be out there Week 16 or 17 if he's deemed healthy enough to play.
McCaffrey (thigh) didn't practice Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coach Matt Rhule already said he doesn't expect McCaffrey to return for Saturday's game against the Packers, though the running back was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice. McCaffrey followed a similar path last week, kicking things off with a limited session Wednesday before sitting out entirely Thursday and Friday. He was then ruled out on the final injury report, allowing Mike Davis to make his 10th start of the year. The Panthers are now preparing Davis for No. 11.
Coach Matt Rhule doesn't expect McCaffrey (quadriceps) to return for Saturday's game at Green Bay, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: McCaffrey kicked off last week with a limited practice before the Panthers held him out thereafter and eventually made him inactive for the 10th time in 13 games this season. He also had a cap on his reps at Wednesday's walk-through, which may have served as a test to see what he could do with his quadriceps injury. Considering Rhule's statement, McCaffrey seems likely to be sidelined yet again this weekend, giving him two more chances to play this season. In McCaffrey's place, Mike Davis again is slated to lead the Panthers backfield.
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