Nov 18, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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Rhule: Panthers RB McCaffrey out again, unsure of return

Carolina head coach Matt Rhule confirmed the expected: running back Christian McCaffrey is out for Sunday’s game against Detroit.

Rhule also made it sound like a matter of if, not when, McCaffrey might return to the Panthers’ backfield.

“No one knows their body better than Christian,” Rhule said Wednesday when asked for expectations around the All-Pro’s availability going forward.

McCaffrey suffered an AC joint injury in his right shoulder at Kansas City in Week 9, his first game action since Week 2. He didn’t play last week in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) also went down.

The Panthers, now 3-7, could be well out of playoff contention before McCaffrey is cleared. But Rhule said he does expect him back this season.

He had 28 touches (tied for sixth-most in his career) out of the team’s 76 offensive snaps at Kansas City. McCaffrey carried 18 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while also catching 10 passes for 82 yards and another score.

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. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2.

In 2019, he gained an NFL-high 2,392 yards from scrimmage and scored 19 touchdowns from scrimmage, which tied for the league lead.

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