Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey was one of several NFL stars bitten by the injury bug during Week 2.
McCaffrey went down with an ankle injury during the Panthers’ 31-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An early report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicated he’s expected to be sidelined “multiple weeks.”
This afternoon, McCaffrey addressed the media about his prognosis. Not surprisingly, the multi-purpose All-Pro is taking a positive approach.
“They say four to six weeks,” McCaffrey told reporters, via The Athletic’s Joe Person. “Well, that’s a challenge to me. And I’m gonna attack it, like I attack anything else.”
Christian McCaffrey on timeline/recovery: "They say four to six weeks. Well, that's a challenge to me. And I'm gonna attack it, like I attack anything else."
— Joe Person (@josephperson) September 21, 2020
Judging by McCaffrey’s words, we wouldn’t doubt that he wants to make it back before that 4-to-6 week time period. The Panthers would be wise not to push him too much though.
Thanks to the contract extension he signed in the offseason, McCaffrey is locked in with Carolina through the 2025 season. The team is most likely going to struggle immensely without him, but was already 0-2 with him.
There’s no sense rushing back such a key piece in a lost season. We’d expect the Panthers to be prudent with how they handle their best offensive piece.