Ian Thomas, TE (CAR)

Makes one catch

Thomas caught one of two targets for seven yards in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Saints.

Thomas made a minimal impact in the passing game, but it's worth noting he once again played more snaps than starting tight end Dan Arnold. In fact, with 52 offensive plays compared to Arnold's 22, Thomas was on the field far more than Arnold, but the latter's three catches for 55 yards Sunday evidenced his greater upside than Thomas, who sports just 24 yards through two games so far and has primarily been used as a blocker.

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Chuba Hubbard

RB | CAR

Another start on tap

Hubbard will be the Panthers' starting running back Sunday against the Vikings with Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) sidelined for a third consecutive game, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Ruled out

McCaffrey (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Not practicing

McCaffrey (hamstring) isn't participating at the start of Friday's practice and thus appears unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Vikings, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Viewed as '50-50' for Week 6

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that McCaffrey (hamstring) is "probably 50-50" to play in Sunday's game against Minnesota, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Could return Week 6

Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he's hopeful that McCaffrey (hamstring) will be able to return for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.