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Christian McCaffrey practicing in full, activation for Week 9 “a formality”

After missing the last six games, McCaffrey could make his return on Sunday against the Chiefs.

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

Thursday update: All signs continue to be positive for Christian McCaffrey’s return this week. ESPN’s David Newton detailed his practice:

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) moving really well today after Wednesday’s padded practice, his first since Week 2. Showed great burst on sprint to individual drills. Moved well and making good cuts in drills. Seems like a formality to activate him for Sunday’s game at Kansas City.

The Carolina Panthers might have their superstar running back when they take on the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. Christian McCaffrey is full pads on Wednesday and could be activated from injured reserve if there is no setbacks, per ESPN’s Dave Newton.

McCaffrey has not played since Week 2, where he suffered a high-ankle sprain that placed him on injured reserve for six weeks. To replace McCaffrey’s services, the Panthers turned to running back Mike Davis and wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

Davis had 349 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 170 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Carolina’s last six games. He also played 79.5 percent of offensive snaps during that time. Meanwhile, Samuel had 86 rushing yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.