As the Carolina Panthers prepare to enter the final quarter of the season, the playoffs are largely out of reach and a top-10 draft pick in 2021 is once again on pace to come their way. But that doesn’t mean the team put much thought into not playing a healthy Christian McCaffrey.

Coming off the Panthers’ bye week, McCaffrey is likely to make his return to the field Sunday when the Panthers (4-8) host the Denver Broncos (4-8).

“There’s nothing to make me think he’s not (going to play),” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said. “Just a matter of if he feels like he can go.”

When asked if he would play this week, McCaffrey said, “I feel great. I feel really great.”