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Carolina Panthers say Christian McCaffrey not expected to play against Detroit Lions

Carolina Panthers say Christian McCaffrey not expected to play against Detroit Lions

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The Carolina Panthers say that running back Christian McCaffrey is not expected to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, a big blow for a team that is trying to snap a five-game losing streak.

CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers say that running back Christian McCaffrey is not expected to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, a big blow for a team that is trying to snap a five-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wore a protective red jersey at practice Wednesday after injuring his knee Sunday in a 46-23 loss to the Buccaneers, and his status for the game remains unclear. Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he was expecting Bridgewater would practice this week and play against the Lions.

The game would be the second straight McCaffrey has missed because of a shoulder injury and the eighth game missed this season.

The 2019 All-Pro injured his shoulder in a Week 9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after being tackled late in the fourth quarter.

McCaffrey has been effective when he’s played, averaging 124.7 yards from scrimmage and scoring six touchdowns.

Mike Davis would get the start for McCaffrey. Davis has totaled 675 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns in 2020, but hasn't been as effective in his past four starts for the Panthers.

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