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Christian McCaffrey (thigh) missing for Panthers again

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh) did not practice again on Thursday.

What It Means:

McCaffrey has now missed back-to-back practices to start the week, but Panthers head coach Matt Rhule previously indicated that he wasn't concerned about the star running back's status for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. McCaffrey will presumably need to participate in some capacity at Friday's practice to be cleared to play, but that remains to be seen. Chuba Hubbard and D'Onta Foreman will likely split backfield duties if McCaffrey is unavailable.

As it stands, CMC is the RB2 in numberFire's weekly rankings. Our models project him for 18.7 carries and 87.8 rushing yards, with 4.4 catches for 40.9 receiving yards. The Cardinals are ranked 18th in the league in FanDuel points allowed per game to the running back position this season, but they have given up just the second-fewest receptions to opposing backfields (8).