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Panthers plan normal workload for Christian McCaffrey in Week 17

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The Carolina Panthers are suffering through another tough season, but have had running back Christian McCaffrey shine as a light throughout most of it. With just one week left in their season, the Panthers won’t be playing it safe with their star running back, and plan to play him for as much as they see fit.

Speaking to the media on Thursday (via Pro Football Talk), Panthers interim offensive coordinator Scott Turner said that the team currently plans to have McCaffrey see his usual workload at the start of the game. According to Turner, though, the Panthers may turn to some other running backs depending on how the game goes.

“Potentially as the game goes on, we could take a look at some of those other backs,” Turner said, via Joseph Person of TheAthletic.com.

At the moment, McCaffrey is 67 receiving yards shy of joining an incredibly rare club of players that ran for 1,000-yards and also had 1,000-yards receiving in the same season. Currently, only two players – Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk – have ever done it, and with McCaffrey so close to it, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Panthers at least try and have him earn it.

McCaffrey is currently averaging 62.2 receiving yards per game, so it wouldn’t take a lot for him to join that exclusive club. However, the Panthers are playing the Saints, who won’t be resting anyone and are looking to give themselves a good shot at a first-round bye in the playoffs. For McCaffrey, this will be a great test and challenge at making history.