The knee is not the same one that was badly damaged in 2016 when Bridgewater was the starter of the Minnesota Vikings.Carolina coach Matt Rhule expressed optimism on Friday that McCaffrey would only miss one game after sustaining a shoulder injury following a 33-31 loss to Kansas City.
However, a league source said that ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers (3-7) are still bracing for McCaffrey to miss several games.
If Bridgewater can’t play, the Panthers will go with either PJ Walker or Will Grier. Walker, who played for Rhule at Temple and spent time in the XFL before signing with Carolina, was the replacement on Sunday. He completed 2 of 4 passing attempts for 12 yards after Bridgewater was injured on a sack by Jason Pierre-Paul with 5:24 left.
Grier has been active five games, including four of the top five, but hasn’t played a low this season. He started the last two games last year and went 0-2.
Mike Davis would likely continue to leave for the Panthers if McCaffrey couldn’t go, but he suffered a finger injury on Sunday that put him on the sidelines for a few games.