Time for the Panthers to admit defeat with Christian McCaffrey

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Christian McCaffrey
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Christian McCaffrey
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It’s time for the Carolina Panthers to admit defeat with Christian McCaffrey.

Any hopes the Carolina Panthers had of getting Christian McCaffrey back for their game at the Green Bay Packers in Week 15 were quickly extinguished. Head coach Matt Rhule stated on Tuesday that he didn’t expect the All-Pro running back to feature after some more complications relating to a quad injury he suffered during an individual workout at the bye.

This has been the story of Christian McCaffrey’s season. After not missing a single game during his first three years as a professional, the former first-round pick has featured in just three contests this time around.

Not exactly ideal for a player that signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension that included a $21 million signing bonus and $38 million guaranteed this offseason.

It’s clear McCaffrey is trying to do everything in his power to get back on the field.

However, it’s time for the player and the Panthers to admit defeat.

What is the point at this juncture? Carolina has nothing to play for other than pride and risking the health of their best offensive weapon over the last two games just isn’t the smart way to go.

This is no doubt disappointing for everyone involved. But now is the time for Carolina to start looking at the bigger picture.