Friday update: Moore got in a limited practice on Friday and was announced as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs.
Thursday update: Moore sat out a second straight practice. He could still be listed as questionable on Friday’s final report, but he’s not trending in a positive direction.
The Carolina Panthers could be without D.J. Moore for the team’s Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moore did not practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury, and is apparently being considered a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest, according to Panthers head coach Matt Rhule.
#Panthers injury report:— Sheena Quick (@Sheena_Marie3) December 22, 2021
DNP: DJ Moore (hamstring)
Limited: Cam Erving (ankle) and Stephon Gilmore (knee)
Rhule says DJ Moore probably will be a game-time decision on Sunday.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 22, 2021
Fantasy football implications
This is rough news for fantasy managers, especially those who have Moore in meaningful playoff matchups. With the Panthers wide receiver iffy on taking the field, Terrace Marshall Jr. and Robby Anderson could be strong fallback options. Given how Carolina’s offense has operated this season and the inconsistent play at quarterback, it’s tough to bank on receivers outside of Moore having a productive fantasy outing in Week 16. Nevertheless, volume will be a factor if the receiver is out. Anderson and Marshall Jr. would be the biggest beneficiaries of Moore’s absence or limited play if the receiver does attempt to play through his injury.