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Report: Christian McCaffery out Week 7, but could play Week 8

The Panthers should get their star running back for the second half of the season.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is getting closer to returning, but isn’t expected to play this week versus the Saints, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. With their Week 8 game coming on a Thursday, the team feels like bringing him back this week would mean he’d need to play again in five days, putting too much on his ankle.

So it does sound like he could possibly have played this week, but they’ll play it cautious with their stud running back. His backup, Mike Davis, has played well and will get another start, this week against a tough Saints run defense. Hopefully those who had drafted McCaffrey this season have been able to weather the storm.