Much of the injury attention leading up to Washington's game against the Panthers revolves around quarterback Alex Smith. However, there's another major piece of the offense whose status is now in question.
Wide receiver Terry McLaurin did not practice on Thursday, the second consecutive day he was held out as he deals with an ankle injury that has been present in recent weeks.
Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Thursday that he has no update in terms of which direction McLaurin is trending for Week 16.
"We will put a declaration on his status when we have to," Rivera said.
Despite the ailment limiting McLaurin's participation in practice at times, the second-year receiver has not missed a game this season.
Should McLaurin not be able to take the field on Sunday, it would be a major hit for Washington's offense. With 80 receptions for 1078 yards in 2020, he's been the clear No. 1 option in the passing game no matter who is under center. He's the first Washington receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark since 2016.
Despite catching just 11 passes for 115 yards in his last three games, McLaurin's presence has still been felt on the field. With defenses forced to focus in on him, it affords other Washington pass-catchers opportunities to get open.