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Christian McCaffrey returns to practice field

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CHARLOTTE — The Panthers don't know at the moment what it means, but they know they saw their best offensive player on the practice field Wednesday afternoon.

Running back Christian McCaffrey was back in practice, for his first serious on-field work since he strained his hamstring at Houston on Sept. 23.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule will update the injury report later today with McCaffrey's status, and possibly his outlook for this week's game against the Eagles.

But realistically, the real indicator will be tomorrow, when they see how the 25-year-old running back recovers from today's work.

McCaffrey entered Week 3 leading the league in yards from scrimmage, and he's still 13th with 364 despite missing a game and a half.

Rookie Chuba Hubbard started in his place against the Cowboys, with McCaffrey watching from the sidelines.

While his return was good news, the Panthers were without linebacker Shaq Thompson and left tackle Cameron Erving Wednesday, and we'll have more on their status later this afternoon.

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