Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers’ standout running back, has a hamstring injury and will miss Sunday’s game against the Texans.
Christian McCaffrey, the Carolina Panthers’ star running back, injured his hamstring in the second quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans and will not play again.
On a first-down carry from the Texans’ 14-yard line, McCaffrey was injured while sprinting to the left sideline. He avoided a defender with a stutter step and signaled to the Panthers’ sideline after the 2-yard gain.
McCaffrey walked off the field and spent more than 20 minutes in the blue medical tent before returning to the Panthers’ locker room. With a minor limp, he appeared to walk on his own.
He was later ruled out for the remainder of the game by the Panthers.
In the Thursday Night Football game, McCaffrey was replaced by Chuba Hubbard, an Oklahoma State fourth-round draft pick in 2021.
McCaffrey, who missed 13 games last season due to a variety of injuries, came into the game against the Texans as the NFL’s leading rusher (324 yards).
McCaffrey, 25, left last week’s triumph over the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter to receive a couple of IV bags for what he described as “onset cramps.” He indicated he was ready to go earlier this week.
McCaffrey became the third player in league history to have at least 1,000 running yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season during the 2019 season.
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