Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) misses training

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey did not practice Thursday, giving hope that he can come back on Sunday from a hamstring injury.

McCaffrey was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, with Panthers head coach Matt Rhule claiming the All-Pro running back was 50-50 to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (2-3) . Rhule added that McCaffrey’s availability depended on how his hamstrings reacted each day.

Rhule does not speak to the media on Thursdays.

“We come in after every game, and you don’t know if this guy is going to play or how much this guy is going to be able to go. It’s part of the profession, ”said offensive coordinator Joe Brady on Thursday. “We have to be ready, and everyone has to be ready, and we have to be ready for some people to be down.”

McCaffrey recorded limited training last week as he recovers from the injury he sustained in Carolina’s 24-9 win over the Houston Texans on September 23.

McCaffrey, 25, has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He only played three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and shoulder injury.

Shaq Thompson did not train but was in training without a walking shoe after injuring his foot in Week 4 against Dallas. He will miss his second game in a row on Sunday.

The Panthers are 3-2 but have lost two games in a row.

– Field level media

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