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Christian McCaffrey shoulder injury: Questionable vs Vikings

Christian McCaffrey has been officially listed as questionable for the Carolina Panthers game vs. the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

McCaffrey was limited in practice all week with a shoulder injury suffered on the final drive of the Panthers’ Week 9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has missed the past two games with the injury.

The running back missed six games prior to the Chiefs’ matchup while on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Friday that he is “pessimistic” that McCaffrey will be available, but that he is expected to travel with the team to Minnesota.

“I’m pessimistic that he’ll play, but he’s practiced well enough this week to earn the right to be listed as questionable,” Rhule said. “We’re kind of in a wait-and-see mode. But I’d label myself as pessimistic about his chances of playing.”

McCaffrey has proved valuable in all three games he’s played in. He has scored two touchdowns each week, despite leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game early with the ankle injury.

This season, the Panthers are 21st in rushing yards per game (106.4) and are 15th in yards per attempt (4.2).

While one offensive starter looks less likely to return, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has been removed from the injury report and is full go for Sunday’s game. Rhule said that he looks like he did prior to the injury.

Offensive lineman Dennis Daley (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game, while cornerback Donte Jackson (toe) is doubtful.

The Panthers will have a chance to get two starting offensive linemen back after both missed last week’s game. John Miller (ankle/knee) and Russell Okung (calf) are questionable for the game. Rookie safety Sam Franklin (ankle), defensive end Marquis Haynes (shoulder), linebacker Tahir Whitehead (rib) and wide receiver Brandon Zylstra are also questionable.

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