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Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey not worried about being limited in practice, still expected to play Saints

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Christian McCaffrey saw an increased workload in the Panthers’ Week 2 loss to the Giants, totaling 19 touches as one of Carolina’s main weapons in an otherwise lousy offense. But the star running back is a question mark heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Saints. Appearing in just 10 games the previous two seasons, McCaffrey returned to the injury report Thursday. The former Pro Bowl player is still expected to play in Week 3 against the Saints, according to the team’s official websitebut was limited in practice with ankle stiffness.

Ankle and hamstring injuries are responsible for McCaffrey’s previous extended absences. Depending on his availability for practice on Friday, it’s possible the running back could be officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s division game. He also appeared on the injury report prior to Week 1 after he cut his leg on a cue during practice, but remained a full participant at that point.

McCaffrey himself, however, does not seem concerned.

“I feel great,” he said after practice. via panthers.com, before joking about its durability. “I think at this point, if I were to pee during practice, I’d end up in the report.”

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Still, it’s worth monitoring the development. McCaffrey is generally one of the best all-around players in the NFL when he’s healthy, posting 80 receptions in each of his first three seasons. He averaged almost seven yards per carry in Week 2 against the Giants. But he hasn’t played a full season in three years, and the Panthers (0-2) could use all the offensive help they can get.

In the event McCaffrey can’t get dressed on Sunday, or takes on a reduced workload, second-year backup Chuba Hubbard would be in line for a rush increase. Ditto for veteran D’Onta Foreman, the former Texans and Titans backup who had four carries in the first two games.


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