Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Panthers RB McCaffrey (shoulder) out Sunday

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will not practice Wednesday and is unlikely to be on the field Sunday due to a shoulder injury, according to multiple reports.

ESPN said the All-Pro running back will seek a second opinion on his injured right shoulder and is not expected to play in Sunday’s game against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Athletic reported McCaffrey is out Sunday, citing a source close to the running back.

McCaffrey, labeled “day-to-day” earlier this week by coach Matt Rhule, was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 33-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mike Davis, who has 353 rushing yards and two touchdowns, would return to the starting lineup if McCaffrey isn’t available. Davis had one carry for one yard in the Week 2 meeting with the Buccaneers in which McCaffrey was originally injured.

The game in Kansas City was McCaffrey’s first action since being placed on injured reserve following Week 2 with an ankle injury. He racked up 151 yards from scrimmage and scored twice against the Chiefs.

With the Panthers down two in the fourth quarter, McCaffrey caught a short pass in the flat near the first-down marker and was ridden to the ground by Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen. He landed hard on his right shoulder, went to the sideline and briefly returned. He left the game again on the final drive.

McCaffrey, 24, has rushed for 225 yards and five touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 149 yards and one score in three games this season.

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