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Christian McCaffrey's status vs. Cardinals in question

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9/30/2022 12:09:51 PM
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Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey did not practice Thursday one day after missing Wednesday's practice with a quad injury, leaving his status for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in question.

A league source told David Newton of ESPN.com it's too early to say what McCaffrey's status will be on Sunday.

McCaffrey missed 23 of 33 games the past two seasons, including the final four in 2020 because of a quad injury suffered while rehabbing from a shoulder injury.

Coach Matt Rhule does not speak to the media on Thursdays. He said on Wednesday that McCaffrey's injury surfaced after Sunday's 22-14 win over the New Orleans Saints snapped a nine-game losing streak for Carolina (1-2).

Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was noncommittal about whether McCaffrey would be available for the Cardinals (1-2) when he spoke prior to practice.

"Obviously, Christian is a special player, right?'' McAdoo said. "He's one of the best players in the league. We'll take into consideration whether we have him or whether we don't. That's obviously up to the medical team and coach, but we'll be ready for them if we do have him and we'll be ready for them if we don't.''

McCaffrey was listed on the injury report last Thursday with ankle stiffness but was a full participant in Friday's practice and played 80 percent of the snaps (49) against the Saints.

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