Week 15 Final Injury Report: Offensive line could be thin at Green Bay

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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.

Carolina Panthers
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
Posted 11 interceptions over the last three seasons with the Panthers, Cardinals and Chargers, marking the second-most among NFL safeties over that stretch.
Tre Boston
Hamstring Questionable
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
Played two games with Atlanta in 2019 before signing with Carolina in the 2020 preseason.
Austin Larkin
Shoulder 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
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
Thigh Doubtful
Obada recorded a career-best 24 tackles in 2019, seeing action in all 16 games for the Panthers. He signed a one-year contract extension on January 6, 2020.
Efe Obada
Knee Questionable
Curtis Samuel led the Panthers with six receiving touchdowns in 2019. Since he was drafted in 2017, his 14 total touchdowns are second-most on the Panthers.
Curtis Samuel
Hamstring Questionable

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