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
Drafted in the sixth round (212th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, Daley played in 14 games with nine games started in his rookie season in 2019.
Dennis Daley
Concussion Out
Donte Jackson totaled seven interceptions over his first two seasons, tied for second-most among NFL cornerbacks in 2018-19.
Donte Jackson
Toe Out
Christian McCaffrey led the NFL with 2,392 scrimmage yards in 2019, third-most by any player in NFL history. He became the third player in NFL history to tally over 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in one season.
Christian McCaffrey
Shoulder Out
Miller signed with Carolina prior to the 2020 season after spending 2019 with the Bengals. Prior to Cincinnati, Miller served as the Buffalo Bills' right guard since his rookie season in 2015, and helped the Bills to top-10 rankings in rushing offense in each of his four seasons with the team.
John Miller
Knee/ankle Questionable
Russell Okung, a two-time Pro Bowler, was acquired from the Chargers in a trade in the spring of 2020.
Russell Okung
Calf Questionable
Franklin signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft after playing four seasons at Temple. During his time with the Owls, Franklin totaled 194 career tackles, 24.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and two touchdowns.
Sam Franklin
Ankle Questionable
Marquis Haynes played in 11 games and tallied 10 tackles for Carolina in 2019.
Marquis Haynes
Shoulder Questionable
The veteran linebacker signed with the Panthers in 2020 after spending the last two years with the Raiders and six seasons with the Lions before that. Since 2016, Whitehead ranks fourth in the NFL with 476 tackles.
Tahir Whitehead
Rib Questionable
Played in eight games for the Panthers in 2019 after the team signed him off waivers from Minnesota at the end of the 2019 preseason.
Brandon Zylstra
Shoulder Questionable

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