McCaffrey missed Sunday’s 36-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys due to a hamstring damage suffered the earlier week in a Thursday night time win at Houston. The preliminary prognosis was that he may miss a number of weeks, however having the additional days off after the Thursday night time sport helped.
“I positively really feel good,” McCaffrey mentioned on Thursday.
McCaffrey was listed as restricted on the damage report for the second straight day because the Panthers (3-1) eased him again into apply to keep away from any setbacks. Coach Matt Rhule mentioned on Wednesday his star again could be a game-time choice.
However McCaffrey’s optimism for dealing with the NFL’s Thirty first-ranked run protection was apparent.
“You sort of simply know the way you are feeling,” he mentioned.
McCaffrey admitted he was annoyed by the damage after lacking 13 video games in 2020 with three completely different accidents. He mentioned the brief week earlier than enjoying Houston “positively” performed a task within the hamstring damage, saying a couple of additional days to get well from the earlier week may have prevented it.
“It was extraordinarily irritating,” he mentioned. “I do not favor Thursday night time video games. You undergo lots in a soccer sport. You actually get two days to get well, and a kind of days is a journey day.
“You hop on a airplane. You are in a resort and also you exit and play in a soccer sport. It is actually powerful. It’s what it’s. It is a part of the sport.”
McCaffrey in 2019 turned the third participant in NFL historical past to have 1,000 yards speeding and receiving in the identical season. He entered Week 3 because the NFL’s chief in complete yards from scrimmage with 324 and had 364 when he strained the hamstring within the second quarter towards the Texans.
McCaffrey mentioned final yr’s accidents have not made him cautious and neither will this one.
“I play full pace on a regular basis,” he mentioned.
Hubbard led Carolina with 13 carries for 57 yards towards Dallas.
“We all know he makes us higher,” Brady mentioned of McCaffrey. “We’ll see come Sunday.”