Friday later update: McCaffrey was limited on Friday and is questionable to face the Cardinals. It appears that he’ll play, but we’ll need to see more confirmation of that before going all in on him for fantasy this week.
Friday update: McCaffrey returned to practice on Friday and appears to be running fine:
Christian McCaffrey seems to be running fine. We will find out his status for Sunday’s game a little later this morning. pic.twitter.com/SlOFRQ9O9G— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) September 30, 2022
Thursday late update: McCaffrey was a DNP on the injury report, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport believes there is optimism about his status this week:
While #Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey was a DNP again with a thigh issue, my understanding is there is still optimism that he plays. He’s kept it close to the vest, but barring a setback he should be OK.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 29, 2022
Thursday update: McCaffrey wasn’t spotted at practice on Thursday, per Joe Person. This is now a situation to worry about if you have McCaffrey in fantasy football. Chuba Hubbard and D’Onte FOreman would likely split work if McCaffrey can’t go.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey didn’t practice on Wednesday due to a quad injury, per Joe Person. Head coach Matt Rhule told reporters that he didn’t know about the injury until after their Week 3 matchup with the Saints and he wouldn’t speculate on his status for Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals.
McCaffrey has had every little nick reported on the injury report and usually already has Wednesday’s off for rest. At this point, we probably don’t need to worry too much about his status unless he were to miss practice on Thursday.
Fantasy football implications
McCaffrey hasn’t put up big numbers this year, as the Panthers offense has been mostly bad all around. But, he has shown that he has his ability intact and it’s just a matter of time before he has a breakout game. If he were to miss this week, D’Onte Foreman would be next in line and have some fantasy appeal as a fill-in.