CHARLOTTE — Just as running back Christian McCaffrey returned, he may have to miss more time with a shoulder injury he suffered late in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
Head coach Matt Rhule on Monday said McCaffrey is considered "day-to-day." Rhule will likely have more information on McCaffrey's status on Wednesday.
"Obviously, Christian's a big part of this team," Rhule said. "I was happy to see him out there, discouraged for him that he got banged up, and we'll see the extent of it as we move forward."
McCaffrey sustained the injury with 1:10 to go when he was tackled near the sideline by Chiefs linebacker Dan Sorensen after a 1-yard reception. McCaffrey exited for a few plays but returned to catch a pass for no gain with nine seconds left.
McCaffrey had just returned from the reserve/injured list after missing Carolina's last six games with a high ankle sprain. He played 59 of 83 offensive snaps (71 percent), totaling 151 yards from scrimmage and two total touchdowns on 18 touches.
"I thought he played really well," Rhule said. "I think the ball down the seam that he reached back for, I thought, was an elite play. I thought he had some really nice runs, obviously scored a couple touchdowns."
Mike Davis started the six previous games in McCaffrey's place and could do so again, if necessary. In 26 snaps on Sunday, Davis recorded five receptions for 34 yards, one carry for 3 yards, and had a few critical blocks.
Overall, Davis has 631 yards from scrimmage and four total touchdowns this season. He's second on the team with 43 receptions.
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