CHARLOTTE – The Panthers on Saturday triggered to remove Christian McCaffrey and defender Yetur Gross-Matos from the designated list back to the 53-man roster.
As for McCaffrey, the move is expected to make him eligible to play in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, his first since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2.
“I predict he will play,” head coach Matt Rhule said on Friday.
That said, Rhule is not sure if the Panthers will limit McCaffrey̵7;s touches and shots. One possible factor is weather and field conditions, although Kansas City’s forecast is partly cloudy and 73 degrees. Or McCaffrey could go to the stadium on Sunday and might not be feeling well.
“Activating someone doesn’t mean we’ll have them in a jersey,” Rhule said. “I think a lot of things still have to happen.”
When it comes to playing time, McCaffrey rarely gets on the sidelines during an attack. He’s played more than 90% of the unit’s shots in 2018 and 2019, an exceptionally high number for a return.
Panthers have Mike Davis to offload potential. The 594 yards from the script and his four total touches proved he could be a valuable piece of the puzzle.
“I want to see Mike Davis continue to play and continue to play at a high level. So there will be a football section where we have two people that we know we can win,” Rhule said. . “But at the same time, there must be a conversation with medical people.”
McCaffrey sprained his high ankle in the second half of Week 2’s defeat to Tampa Bay. Before getting injured, he had never missed a single game in four years of his NFL career.
In two games this season, McCaffrey has scored 223 meters from the script and four times hastily touched the ball.
“You can say he’s just eager to get back there,” said midfielder Teddy Bridgewater. “We watched how hard he worked. He’s a real grinder.”
Gross-Matos was re-assigned on Thursday. He has been sidelined for the last three games after suffering a high ankle sprain against Falcons in Week 5. The total number 38 selection in the 2020 draft has played 78 times in four games. this year, making a striptease against the Cardinals.
The Panthers have a vacancy on their 53-man roster after abandoning center Sam Tecklenburg earlier this week. As their respective move, they relinquished their defensive ability towards Woodrow Hamilton.
Carolina also did some team training deals on Saturday.
The club triggered defense league Bruce Hector and broad recipient Marken Michel into the active list for Sunday’s match, representing either of their two standard heights for the 2020 season. contract with Tecklenburg and striker Taylor Bertolet to the training team. As respective moves, the Panthers have released Pete Guerriero and defensive defender Greg Roberts from the training team.