Week 8 Final Injury Report: Russell Okung doubtful for TNF

Russell Okung

CHARLOTTE — Left tackle Russell Okung is doubtful for Thursday Night Football against the Falcons with a calf injury.

Okung exited last week's loss at New Orleans in the third quarter and was replaced by second-year lineman Greg Little. Okung did not practice all week with the short turnaround time for Thursday.

Little is likely to start at left tackle if Okung cannot play, though Trent Scott may also rotate in.

Right guard John Miller (ankle) is questionable for Thursday after missing last week's game. He was a full participant on Wednesday, upgraded from a limited participant on Tuesday, which is a good sign for his potential availability.

Defensive end Marquis Haynes (knee), defensive tackle Zach Kerr (toe), and defensive end Efe Obada (back) are also questionable. Kerr did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, but Obada and Haynes were full participants all week.

Carolina has not yet activated running back Christian McCaffrey to the 53-man roster, though they have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to do so if they want him to face the Falcons.

In Atlanta, defensive end Take McKinley (groin) has been declared out.

You can view the full injury report here and see game statuses below:

Carolina Panthers
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
Miller started 14 games at right guard for Carolina in 2020 after stints in Cincinnati (2019) and Buffalo (2015-18).
John Miller
Ankle Questionable
Okung battled injuries throughout 2020 in Carolina, starting just seven games at left tackle.
Russell Okung
Calf Doubtful
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
Knee Questionable
Obada was second on the team with a career-best 5.5 sacks in 2020, his third season on the Panthers active roster.
Efe Obada
Back Questionable
Kerr played in 13 games with four starts for the Panthers in 2020, tallying 32 tackles and 2.0 sacks.
Zach Kerr
Toe Questionable

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