Panthers' Christian McCaffrey Active vs. Cardinals Despite Thigh Injury

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist II

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 25: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers looks on during warmups before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is active for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter reported Saturday that McCaffrey was "likely to play" in the contest.

McCaffrey, who has recorded 300 total yards and one touchdown through three weeks, missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a thigh injury that left him officially questionable in the team's injury report.

There was some optimism moving forward about his status, though, per The Athletic's Joe Person:

Joe Person @josephperson

As <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RapSheet</a> said, Panthers are optimistic about Christian McCaffrey‘s status. The hope is he’ll practice tomorrow after rehabbing quad injury all week.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule notably called the ailment a quad injury and that he wasn't sure when it occurred. McCaffrey played the entirety of his team's 22-14 win over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday and stayed in for the final snap.

The former Stanford standout entered the NFL in 2017 after Carolina selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in the draft.

McCaffrey crushed NFL competition in 2018 and 2019 with 4,357 yards and 32 touchdowns and paced the league with 2,392 total yards and 19 TD in 2019.

However, a high ankle sprain and then a shoulder injury in 2020 forced the 26-year-old to miss all but three games, and then a separate ankle ailment ended his 2021 season after seven matchups.

D'Onta Foreman, Chuba Hubbard and Raheem Blackshear comprise the rest of the Panthers' depth chart at running back. Luckily for the Panthers, they won't have to put that depth to the test against Arizona.