Christian McCaffrey Makes Surprise Appearance on Panthers' Week 1 Injury Report

Isaiah De Los Santos
Christian McCaffrey was a surprise addition to the Carolina Panthers' injury report on Thursday.
Christian McCaffrey was a surprise addition to the Carolina Panthers' injury report on Thursday. / (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Christian McCaffrey's injury troubles have been a huge topic among Carolina Panthers fans and fantasy football managers alike in recent years. He managed to suit up in just 10 games during the past two seasons combined, although the hope from both of those aforementioned groups is that he'll be able to stay healthy throughout the 2022 campaign.

It appears McCaffrey is already putting that dream to the test, however, after he was placed on Thursday's injury report.

Christian McCaffrey Injury Update

CMC was included due to a shin injury. He was a full participant, however, so it didn't limit him in any way. Head coach Matt Rhule clarified after practice that the star running back was cut by a cleat during practice, which prompted the designation.

Carolina Panthers News

Hopefully that news helps ease fears after the alarms were sounded. Rhule said McCaffrey is "fine" and given how this is a very minor issue, this isn't the kind of injury to get worked up about.

McCaffrey is aiming to play a full season for the first time since 2019, when he led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,392) and total touchdowns (19), offering a glimpse of his monster potential when healthy.

Carolina will need its stud RB if it's going to turn things around in 2022 after going 5-12 last year. The Panthers head into a Week 1 matchup against the Cleveland Browns as 1.5-point underdogs, according to the NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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