Week 12 Final Injury Report: Christian McCaffrey listed as questionable


CHARLOTTE – Running back Christian McCaffrey is officially listed as questionable for this weekend's game at Minnesota.

Head coach Matt Rhule on Wednesday said he didn't expect McCaffrey to play, and it still appears he'll sit out a third straight game with a shoulder injury after missing six games earlier this season with a high ankle sprain.

"I'm pessimistic that he'll play," Rhule said after Friday's walkthrough. "But he's practiced well enough this week to earn the right to be listed as questionable. So we're kind of in a wait and see mode, but I'd label myself as pessimistic about his chances of playing."

It looks more likely that the Panthers could get two starters back on the offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung, who missed the past four games with a calf injury, and right guard John Miller, who sat out last week's win against the Lions with knee and ankle injuries, are listed as questionable but practiced throughout the week.

Also questionable are wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (shoulder), defensive end Marquis Haynes (shoulder), linebacker Tahir Whitehead (ribs) and safety Sam Franklin (ankle).

Cornerback Donte Jackson, who missed practice all week with a lingering toe issue, is doubtful.

Offensive lineman Dennis Daley, who suffered a concussion last Sunday, is out.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was held out last week with a knee injury, is not on the injury report.

"I think Teddy's back to what he was before the injury," Rhule said.

You can check out the entire injury report by clicking here or looking 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
Jackson has made 10 interceptions in his first three seasons, ranking fourth among NFL cornerbacks since 2018.
Donte Jackson
Toe Out
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 Out
Miller started 14 games at right guard for Carolina in 2020 after stints in Cincinnati (2019) and Buffalo (2015-18).
John Miller
Knee/ankle 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
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
Shoulder Questionable
Played in all 16 games with two starts for Carolina in 2020, primarily on special teams...Scored a TD on a fumble recovery of a muffed punt at Washington.
Brandon Zylstra
Shoulder Questionable

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