The only thing worse than starting the 2020 season with a 0-2 record is being 0-2 and heading into week three without your best and most productive player.
That is what the Carolina Panthers face this week due to running back Christian McCaffrey suffering a high ankle sprain in the team’s 31-17 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday.
McCaffrey will miss three to five games. The loss of the All-Pro back will impact the Panthers in a negative way. Simply put, there is not another team in the NFL that relies on any one player more than Carolina does with McCaffrey. The Stanford product annually, it seems, has more touches than any other offensive player in the league.
Finding a way to win their first game of the campaign just became tougher for first year coach, Matt Rhule.
McCaffrey had scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards and finished with 58 yards rushing and 29 receiving on four catches. But he didn’t play for the game’s final 13:58, limping from the field after the second touchdown. The Panthers trailed 21-14 at the time. Carolina never threatened from that point on and ended the game with four turnovers while committing nine penalties.
Rhule called it “an ugly football game.” There may be more in the near future until McCaffrey returns.
Prime Time In Jackson State
Prime Time officially has arrived for the Jackson State football program. Hall of Famer Deion Sanders was introduced Monday as the new head football coach at the school.
Sanders’ flamboyant style was on full display at his introductory press conference as he arrived with a police escort as the marching band played at the Mississippi school.
Jackson State, a historically black college and a member of the Southwest Athletic Conference in the Football Championship (FCS), finished 4-8 last season under coach John Hendrick.
Sanders, now 53 years old, made eight Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls over 14 NFL seasons with five teams. He also appeared in 641 games in nine seasons in Major League Baseball, including two seasons as an outfielder with the Yankees in 1989-90 and a season with 56 stolen bases in 115 games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1997.