RB: Christian McCaffrey

Panthers designated Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) to return from injured reserve.

This opens McCaffrey's 21-day window to resume practicing and gives him a chance to return against the Patriots after spending the past five weeks on the shelf. That includes an initial stint not on injured reserve followed by a setback. ESPN reported on Sunday that CMC was "on target" to return vs. the Pats, but coach Matt Rhule has been predictably cagey. We would adopt a "believe it when see it" mentality with McCaffrey — and the Panthers won't have to make an official Week 9 announcement until Saturday because he technically remains on injured reserve — but CMC managers can tentatively pencil him into their lineups.

SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Nov 3, 2021, 11:46 AM ET