One of the most explosive players in the NFL could be returning to the gridiron in the near future. Christian McCaffrey has missed several weeks due to an ankle injury, but the latest update on him is quite promising.
McCaffrey suffered a high ankle sprain during a Week 2 matchup between the Buccaneers and Panthers. He was immediately placed on injured reserved and has missed five games thus far.
However, the Panthers just announced this afternoon that McCaffrey has been designated to return from the injured reserve.
With a short week on tap for Carolina, it's unclear if McCaffrey will be ready to suit up against Atlanta on Thursday night. He's clearly trending in the right direction though.
McCaffrey had a historically great season in 2019, compiling 2,392 scrimmage yards and 19 total touchdowns.
The Panthers have managed to win games in McCaffrey's absence, and Mike Davis deserves credit for holding down the starting job for over a month. Nonetheless, the offense is undoubtedly better with McCaffrey on the field.
In two games this season, McCaffrey had 156 rushing yards, 67 receiving yards and four total touchdowns. He was well on pace to have another All-Pro season.
Though he's considered a long shot to play this Thursday against the Falcons, McCaffrey did show up to practice today without a non-contact jersey on. His official status will be revealed later this week.