Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is considered a long-shot to play Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons but has not yet been ruled out according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport adds the star running back is "pushing to play" and will work his way back into practice and see if he can make progress.

The 24-year-old sustained a high right ankle injury in Week 2 that put him on injured reserve. He has 156 rushing yards and four total touchdowns so far this season.

Following a loss to the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, the Panthers currently sit third in the NFC South at 3-3.