RB: Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) was absent from the portion of Panthers practice open to the media on Thursday.

Uh oh. It is still possible McCaffrey is given a "limited" tag on the injury report, but that would be a different procedure than he followed the past four practices where he was listed as limited. It is possible McCaffrey is simply getting extra treatment in anticipation of returning, but that is an admittedly optimistic interpretation. His absence is real cause for concern. He should now be considered on the wrong side of questionable to suit up against the Vikings.

SOURCE: Darin Gantt on Twitter Oct 14, 2021, 1:34 PM ET