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Christian McCaffrey expected to play Week 2 vs. Giants

We break down the news that Christian McCaffrey isn’t practicing on Wednesday. What it means for Week 2 and beyond.

Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs against the Cleveland Browns during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cleveland won 26-24. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Sep 16 PM Update: McCaffrey is expected to play on Sunday against the Giants after getting a rest day on Wednesday.


The Carolina Panthers have seen what their offense looks like without star running back Christian McCaffrey. He isn’t practicing on Wednesday, although it is expected to just be a load management day, per Joe Person. The Panthers will face the New York Giants on Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

Fantasy football implications

If you looked at the box score from Carolina’s Week 1 game against the Cleveland Browns, you may have thought CMC missed it. In the 26-24 loss to the Browns, McCaffrey only had 14 total touches. He finished with 10 rushes for 33 yards and a touchdown and four receptions on four targets for another 24 yards. While it seems like that is an average workload, McCaffrey is used to running nearly 20-plus times per game with at least six targets.

If this is more than just a rest day for the running back, teammates D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard would be the fill-ins. Foreman looked solid filling in for Derrick Henry last year with the Tennessee Titans, while Hubbard took over the Panthers backfield last season when McCaffrey couldn’t play.