Panthers say McCaffrey not expected to play against Lions

Panthers say McCaffrey not expected to play against Lions
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) rushes for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio) (Source: Mark LoMoglio)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Matt Rhule said running back Christian McCaffrey is not expected to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, a big blow for a Carolina team that is trying to snap a five-game losing streak.

While Rhule said it’s unclear when McCaffrey will return, he does expect he will play again this season.

”No one knows their body better than Christian,” Rhule said, adding that he expects the 2019 All-Pro will come back when he and his doctors determine that he’s ready.

Carolina’s next opponent has injury concerns too. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford missed practice Wednesday because of a right thumb problem.

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