Week 14 Final Injury Report: Christian McCaffrey listed as doubtful for game against Broncos


CHARLOTTE – The Panthers will be without running back Christian McCaffrey this week, but they did get enough other key parts back Friday, which should help after a strange week of practice.

McCaffrey did not practice Friday and was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Broncos because of a quad strain suffered in practice Wednesday.

He's missed nine of the previous 12 games this season with shoulder and ankle problems but was close to a return this week before the thigh injury popped up.

"He's doubtful," Panthers coach Matt Rhule said. "We do not expect him to play."

Rhule said he understands that McCaffrey is frustrated at the likelihood of missing the game against his hometown team, for whom his father Ed played and won two Super Bowls with.

"I know how much Christian wants to play," Rhule said. "I know how much he wants to be out there. As I've told him, and as I've told any player who gets hurt, these things happen, and everything happens for a reason. Take it, deal with it, and move on with it, but nothing good comes from getting frustrated. Nothing good comes from emotion. Just deal with it as it comes.

"I'm sure for Christian, growing up as a young kid watching the Denver Broncos and watching his dad, I'm sure he wants to play in this game, but it just wasn't meant to be. He's done everything he could possibly do, and I respect the heck out of Christian, and he'll be out there cheering on his teammates."

The Panthers did get wide receiver Curtis Samuel, linebacker Shaq Thompson, and defensive tackle Derrick Brown back Friday, after they were activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Rhule said he expects all three to play, which helps with depth concerns that were evident this week.

That leaves just wide receiver DJ Moore and defensive tackle Zach Kerr on the reserve/COVID-19 list among players on the active roster.

Safety Tre Boston was missing Friday with a sore hamstring and is listed as questionable. Cornerback Rasul Douglas returned after missing the previous two days for non-injury reasons. Offensive lineman Dennis Daley (concussion) and Marquis Haynes (illness) remained out of practice, with Daley listed as out and Haynes questionable for Sunday.

You can read the final injury report here and see game statuses below:

Carolina Panthers
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
Daley played in five games, starting three at left guard, for Carolina in 2020 before landing on the reserve/injured list.
Dennis Daley
Concussion Out
Rasul Douglas finished fourth on the Panthers with 62 tackles in 2020, making nine pass deflections.
Rasul Douglas
Non-injury related Questionable
Haynes played in 15 games in 2020, ranking third on the team with 4.0 sacks while tying for the team lead with two fumble recoveries.
Marquis Haynes
Illness Questionable
Franklin signed as an undrafted free agent with Carolina out of Temple in 2020...He played in 14 games with four starts, posting 22 tackles, one pass deflection and one sack.
Sam Franklin
Ankle Questionable
After accumulating the third-most scrimmage yards (2,392) in NFL history in 2019, McCaffrey battled multiple injuries and only played in three games in 2020.
Christian McCaffrey
Shoulder/thigh Doubtful
Obada was second on the team with a career-best 5.5 sacks in 2020, his third season on the Panthers active roster.
Efe Obada
Knee Questionable
After being selected in the second round of the 2020 Draft, Gross-Matos battled injuries to play in 12 games, starting seven, with 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his rookie season.
Yetur Gross-Matos
Non-injury related Questionable
Boston finished his fifth season in Carolina in 2020 after being drafted by the Panthers in 2014...Ranks fourth for most all-time games played (74) by a Panthers safety...Posted 14 interceptions since 2016 with the Panthers, Cardinals and Chargers, fourth-most among NFL safeties over that period.
Tre Boston
Hamstring Questionable
Thomas made eight starts in 16 games played in 2020, posting 145 receiving yards on 20 receptions with one touchdown.
Ian Thomas
Knee Questionable

View photos from Friday's practice as the Panthers had a number of starters return from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

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