CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have had to patch together an offensive line at times this year, and this week could extend that trend.
Left tackle Russell Okung didn't practice Thursday as he recovers from another calf injury, and he's been listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Packers.
With reserve Greg Little going on injured reserve with an ankle problem, that would leave the Panthers thin up front if Okung is not able to go.
Panthers coach Matt Rhule said that versatile backup Michael Schofield could plug in as Trent Scott's backup at left tackle if Okung is unavailable, and they always have the option of flipping right tackle Taylor Moton.
Rhule also said Aaron Monteiro or Matt Kaskey could be promoted from the practice squad for additional cover.
Little went to IR after suffering a high ankle sprain and knee issue in Wednesday's practice. Despite two injury-plagued seasons since the Panthers picked him in the second round of the 2019 draft, Rhule said he remained encouraged by Little's progress, even though he's been a healthy scratch in recent weeks.
"I'm very positive about the direction Greg is heading," Rhule said.
Running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh) didn't practice Thursday and is listed as doubtful. Offensive lineman Dennis Daley was originally listed as doubtful, but was downgraded to out on Friday afternoon.
Wide receiver Curtis Samuel, who listed as limited Thursday with a hamstring, was designated as questionable, along with safety Tre Boston (hamstring) and defensive ends Austin Larkin (shoulder) and Efe Obada (knee).
You can read Thursday's entire injury report here.