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Christian McCaffrey not expected to play vs. Lions; Teddy Bridgewater’s status unclear

The Lions may avoid two of the Panthers’ biggest offensive weapons this week.

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As the Detroit Lions try to build upon Sunday’s win to kick off the second half of the season, it appears their Week 11 game against the Carolina Panthers may be a little less challenging than previously believed. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers are expected to be missing All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey this week as he continues to mend from a shoulder injury suffered in Week 9.

On Sunday, McCaffrey was replaced by Mike Davis, who managed just 32 yards on seven carries and another 12 receiving yards on four catches.

But that may not be the only key player the Panthers could be missing this week. Late in the game against the Buccaneers, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a knee injury and his status for this week is still very much up in the air. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Bridgewater’s MRI revealed no structural damage and only swelling for the quarterback. However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Bridgewater suffered an MCL sprain and is considered day-to-day.

If Bridgewater can’t go, the Panthers will have to trot out P.J. Walker, fresh off his successful season in the XFL. Walker went 2-for-4 on Sunday for 12 yards.

The Lions have some key injuries of their own for Week 11. Matthew Stafford suffered an injury to his throwing hand against the Washington Football Team. Stafford didn’t miss any time, and x-rays reportedly came back negative after the game. However, further tests will be done to determine his availability this week. Additionally, star receiver Kenny Golladay has missed two straight games and Danny Amendola left Sunday’s game early with a hip injury.