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Report: Christian McCaffrey out for Week 10, could return in Week 11

Christian McCaffrey is dealing with a shoulder injury ahead of the Panthers Week 10 matchup against the Buccaneers and will reportedly sit.

Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Thursday update: McCaffrey will not play in Week 10, but a second opinion suggests he could be able to return as soon as Week 11, according to Ian Rapoport.

Wednesday update: Christian McCaffrey will not play in Week 10 against the Buccaneers, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. McCaffrey is dealing with a right shoulder injury that is now considered week-to-week. He does plan on getting a second opinion, per ESPN’s David Newton, but even with a better diagnosis, he would probably still be out this week.

Mike Davis will get another chance to start, but it will be in a tough matchup against a Buccaneers defense that has been playing lights out this season, that is until last week against the Saints. They will look to get back on track in this matchup.


The Carolina Panthers are back at practice on Wednesday, and they expect to be without running back Christian McCaffrey to open the week. McCaffrey injured his shoulder late in Sunday’s Week 9 loss to the Chiefs and is not expected to practice on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

McCaffrey returned from an ankle injury only to injure his shoulder in the closing minutes of Week 9. He came off the field during the Panthers’ last ditch effort for an upset of Kansas City, and did not return.

Mike Davis resumes his No. 1 back work while McCaffrey is sidelined. On Monday, head coach Matt Rhule described McCaffrey as day-to-day, but did not provide further details. McCaffrey had a great game in his return from a six-week absence. He had 69 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and had ten receptions for 82 yards and a score in the loss.