Panthers activate Christian McCaffrey; Sam Darnold clears protocol
The Carolina Panthers activated star running back Christian McCaffrey from injured reserve on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold was cleared from concussion protocol.
Darnold, who is also nursing a shoulder injury, is expected to be a game-time decision to start Sunday’s contest against the New England Patriots (4-4).
P.J. Walker would start for the Panthers (4-4) if Darnold is unable to play.
McCaffrey was designated to return from injured reserve on Wednesday, thereby activating a 21-day window for the club to activate him or lose him for the rest of the season.
McCaffrey has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since Carolina’s 24-9 victory over the Houston Texans on Sept. 23. He resumed practicing in a limited capacity before the Panthers elected to place him on injured reserve on Oct. 16.
An All-Pro in 2019, McCaffrey has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He played only three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and a shoulder injury.
Darnold was placed in concussion protocol after he was injured on a rush during the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 19-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.
Darnold completed 13 of 24 passes for 129 yards and rushed eight times for 66 yards prior to the injury. The 24-year-old has passed for 1,814 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.
–Field Level Media