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 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
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 Doubtful
Marquis Haynes played in 11 games and tallied 10 tackles for Carolina in 2019.
Marquis Haynes
Knee Questionable
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
Back Questionable
Kerr signed with Carolina as a free agent in 2020 after spending the 2019 season with the Arizona Cardinals.
Zach Kerr
Toe Questionable

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