CHARLOTTE, NC – The Carolina Panthers on Saturday triggered a return to Christian McCaffrey from the injured reserve team to help him qualify for Sunday’s match in Kansas City.
The move comes as no surprise as coach Matt Rhule said Friday that McCaffrey was expected to be triggered for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in Weekdays defeat to Tampa Bay 2.
Rhule wants to make sure there are no failures on Saturday as the Panthers (3-5) hold their final training session before facing defending champions Super Bowl Chiefs (7-1).
While most teams hold a light jog on Saturday, Rhule helps his players with all-round training.
The amount of McCaffrey used depends on weather conditions and back, Rhule said. The forecast is for a sunny sky with the lowest temperature in the 70s.
Concern was that McCaffrey was overworked, who missed six games, by playing him too many in a row. So don̵7;t expect him to be on the pitch in 97% of the games like he did in the opener – or even 93% all season ago.
The Panthers entered the game with McCaffrey expected to share the payload with Mike Davis, who dashed 350 meters and twice touched the ball and caught 38 passes in 244 meters and twice touched the ball.
But as Rhule noted earlier this week when discussing what McCaffrey offers that Davis does not deliver, it is “Christian is an elite player,” the elite product creator.
In 2019, McCaffrey became the third player in NFL history to have a 1,000-meter dive and receive in the same season.
“He is one of the best players of the National Football Federation,” Rhule said. “Like any great player, you feel better about your chances when he’s there. than what he doesn’t have.