Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that McCaffrey’s sprained ankle doesn’t appear serious after X-rays came back negative. The team expects to have a more definitive prognosis soon. But it’s good enough that Rhule thought CMC could have returned in the second half after his ankle was re-taped.
Carolina took a more cautionary approach as it trailed by three possessions midway through the third quarter on. The star running back was seen sporting a walking boot as he left the stadium.
It’s the latest of myriad injuries to compromise McCaffrey over the past two seasons. The 5-6 Panthers are still in the playoff hunt, but can ill afford for their best player to miss any more time.
- Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook tore his labrum while dislocating his shoulder against the 49ers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Minnesota will rest the RB, but the injury is not considered season-ending.
- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have further testing done on his broken toe Monday and surgery is a real option, per Rapoport. Rodgers isn’t expected to miss time, regardless.
- San Francisco 49ers wideout Deebo Samuel (groin) will miss some time but his injury isn’t considered major, per Rapoport. Samuel is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.
- Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Dan Arnold suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain that will sideline him 4-6 weeks, Rapoport reported.
- Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy entered the COVID protocols Monday morning and will not coach Thursday’s game against the Saints, the team announced.
- The Detroit Lions activated cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu from injured reserve.
- The Detroit Lions re-signed cornerback Parnell Motley to the practice squad.