One thing clearly was improper with Christian McCaffrey’s proper ankle within the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. The sport state of affairs made that apparent.
Carolina was down seven factors early within the fourth with the ball in hand, and their greatest offensive participant was on the sideline getting his ankle re-taped. The essential drive lasted solely three performs and ended with a Teddy Bridgewater interception.
After a Bucs subject objective prolonged their lead, the Panthers received the ball again with somewhat greater than six minutes to play. Once more, Carolina’s greatest participant watched from the sideline. This wasn’t simply one other bump or bruise.
A Panthers subject objective, one other Bucs landing and a Carolina loss later, experiences indicated that McCaffrey could be superb regardless of that his ankle required extra consideration Monday. That is when the crew decided the 24-year-old had suffered a excessive ankle sprain that may sideline him for a couple of weeks.
Beneath is extra about McCaffrey’s harm and his restoration timeline.
How long will Christian McCaffrey be out?
Panthers coach Matt Rhule informed reporters the Monday after the Bucs recreation that McCaffrey would miss “a number of weeks” along with his excessive ankle sprain. He defined that the harm occurred a few performs earlier than McCaffrey scored on a 7-yard run early within the fourth quarter towards Tampa Bay.
McCaffrey mentioned he was informed he could be out four to six weeks, including that he considers the timeframe a problem.
“Hopefully I can get again loads sooner than that,” he mentioned. “However I am gonna assault this.”
If McCaffrey had been to return in 4 weeks, his first recreation again within the lineup would come at residence towards the Bears in Week 6. Carolina’s subsequent two video games after which might be at New Orleans in Week 7 and vs. Atlanta on “Thursday Evening Soccer” in Week 8.
The Panthers are scheduled to play on the Chargers, vs. the Cardinals and on the Falcons over the following three weeks.
“I hate it for him,” Rhule mentioned of McCaffrey, who the Panthers not too long ago made the highest-paid working again within the historical past of the NFL. “Nobody needs to be on the market and play greater than Christian does. He had this for a purpose. I am positive he is rehabbing proper now. I talked to him earlier immediately and I am positive he’ll get again as shortly as he can.”
For probably the most half, Mike Davis will fill the void left by McCaffrey within the Panthers’ offense. Which is a giant ask contemplating that McCaffrey, an All-Professional choice final season, has scored 4 of the crew’s 5 touchdowns in 2020 and has 156 of Carolina’s 216 speeding yards.
“We’ll hold doing what we’re doing,” Rhule said. “Mike can run the soccer. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. When he went in there (Sunday), we did not change what we did. He made probably the most out of his alternatives. I am positive he’ll do the identical factor (in Week three towards the Chargers).”