CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will not play Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the decision. The team would have had to activate McCaffrey from injured reserve by 4 p.m. Thursday for him to be eligible to play.
The NFL Network was first to report the decision.
The Panthers were hoping to have McCaffrey back after he missed the last five games with a high ankle sprain, but the team decided to err on the side of caution with the 2019 All-Pro. The decision gives McCaffrey 10 more days to recover before Carolina’s next game on Nov. 8 vs. Kansas City.