NFL Injury Analysis: Stafford Unlikely to Play

NFL Injury Analysis: Stafford Unlikely to Play

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey's disappointing season continued in Week 14, as the Panthers running back missed his 10th game of the year. McCaffrey has endured multiple injuries this year including a high ankle sprain, an acromioclavicular (AC) sprain in his shoulder and now a quadriceps injury. Specifics regarding the nature of the problem are limited, but any injury to the quad can very limiting. The quadriceps is a muscle group comprising four different muscles. Collectively, they extend from the hip to the lower leg. This positioning makes the quad a "two-joint" muscle as it plays a role in both hip and knee motion, specifically flexion of the hip and extension (straightening) of the knee. Both quad strains and quad contusions can result in a functional limitation, preventing the injured individual from moving fluidly. The fact that McCaffrey has already missed one game suggests the injury is more moderate in nature. 

Under normal circumstances, it would seem that he has a realistic shot to play in Week 15, especially if he can log a few practice reps. However, the Panthers could opt to call it a year for their franchise running back and shift their focus to the 2021 season. McCaffrey has tried to dismiss any possibility of being shut down for the season and admitted he wants to play if healthy. Leery fantasy managers will obviously be hesitant to trust in McCaffrey's availability, but he remains a must-play if he does suit up. Mike Davis will remain the feature back if

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only NFL Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire NFL fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups
Radio Hits: AFC Championship Preview, DFS Advice
Radio Hits: AFC Championship Preview, DFS Advice
RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast: Conference Championship Weekend DFS Strategies
RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast: Conference Championship Weekend DFS Strategies
Yahoo DFS Football: Championship Round Picks
Yahoo DFS Football: Championship Round Picks