Week 8 Monday Injury Report: Russell Okung, John Miller do not practice

Russell Okung

CHARLOTTE — Two of the Panthers' starting offensive linemen did not participate in the short week's first practice.

Both left tackle Russell Okung (calf) and right guard John Miller (ankle) were sidelined Monday during what was more of a walkthrough following Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Head coach Matt Rhule did not update their potential availability for Thursday's game against Atlanta beyond the injury report.

Okung left Sunday's game early in the third quarter and did not return. Second-year offensive lineman Greg Little replaced him for the offense's remaining 20 snaps.

"I hate when our players go down, but I feel as good about Greg going out there as anyone," Rhule said.

Like he did against the Cardinals, Little once again bowled over a defender with a block. This time, he took out Saints linebacker Demario Davis on running back Trenton Cannon's 7-yard run late in the third quarter.

"It's fun. I try to look over it sometimes, but coach is like, 'Man, you did good there, be proud of yourself,'" Little said. "My goal is to go in the game, and just try to make as much of an impact as possible, help my team in areas I can. If that's giving a big block, giving some energy, that's my job."

WIth Miller inactive with his ankle injury, Dennis Daley started at right guard, with Trent Scott rotating in. Daley took 28 snaps while Scott had 18 after spending much of the week on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

"Trent Scott's got to be one of our better signings in terms of his versatility to go from playing left tackle, to left guard, to he's out all week, he shows up for walk-through and (gets told), 'Hey we need you to back up at right guard,'" Rhule said. "He's a football guy, and I appreciate that about him."

While running back Christian McCaffrey attended practice, he did not participate. To do so, he'll have to be designated to return, which would start his 21-day practice window. That has not yet happened, though Rhule remains hopeful.

"It's not me, it's when he's cleared by the doctors and trainers and all that stuff," Rhule said. "I'm just waiting, and as soon as they say he can go, he'll go."

You can view the entire Monday injury report by clicking here.

Carolina is 19-32 all-time against Atlanta.

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