Panthers Made Nine Roster Moves Including Activating RB Christian McCaffrey From IR

The Carolina Panthers announced Saturday that they’ve activated RB Christian McCaffrey and rookie DE Yetur Gross-Matos from injured reserve.

"<strongThe Panthers made several other practice squad moves including:

  • Panthers waived DT Woodrow Hamilton.
  • Panthers signed C Sam Tecklenburg and K Taylor Bertolet to their practice squad.
  • Panther promoted WR Marken Michel and DT Bruce Hector to their active roster. 
  • Panthers released RB Pete Guerriero and DE Greg Roberts from their practice squad.

McCaffrey was placed on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain back in September. 

McCaffrey, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2017. He was entering the final year of his four-year, $17.224 million contract when the Panthers signed him to a new four-year, $64 million contract extension that also included his expected fifth-year option.

In 2020, McCaffrey has appeared in two games for the Panthers and rushed 41 times for 156 yards (3.8 YPC) and four touchdowns, adding seven receptions for 67 yards.

Gross-Matos, 22, was a two-year starter at Penn State and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last season. The Panthers selected him with No. 38 overall pick in this year’s draft.

Gross-Matos signed a four-year, $8,198,804 rookie contract that includes a $3,522,767 signing bonus. 

In 2020, Gross-Matos has appeared in four games for the Panthers and recorded six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

During his three-year college career, Gross-Matos recorded 111 total tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles. 

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