Panthers want healthy Christian McCaffrey to play, even as playoff hopes have faded

As the Carolina Panthers prepare to enter the final quarter of the season, the playoffs are largely out of reach and a top-10 draft pick in 2021 is once again on pace to come their way. But that doesn’t mean the team put much thought into not playing a healthy Christian McCaffrey. Coming off the Panthers’ bye week, McCaffrey is likely to make his return to the field Sunday when the Panthers (4-8) host the Denver Broncos (4-8). “There’s nothing to make me think he’s not (going to play),” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said. “Just a matter of if he feels like he can go.” When asked if he would play t…

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