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Christian McCaffrey Harm Replace: Panthers RB leaves the Texans recreation with Achilles tendon pressure

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Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey missed the rest of his team’s game against the Texans in Houston on Thursday night after sustaining a hamstring injury in the first half.

McCaffrey sustained the injury early in the second quarter; he appeared to be injured trying to bypass Texan linebacker Joe Thomas. Later in the neighborhood, he entered Carolina’s medical tent and did not return to the game.

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The Panthers before halftime that McCaffrey was out for the night. Coach Matt Rhule said after the game that McCaffrey had a hamstring strain and would be undergoing an MRI scan.

McCaffrey, who is in his fifth season in the NFL, entered the game with 45 rushes for 170 yards and a touchdown. He had also recorded 14 receptions for 154 reception areas. He added those sums on Thursday with seven rushes for 31 yards and two receptions for nine yards.

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Rookie running back Chuba Hubbard replaced McCaffrey as the Panthers leadback. Hubbard finished with 11 carries for 52 yards and three receives for 27 yards. Carolina won 24-9 to improve to 3-0 for the season.

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McCaffrey missed 13 games last season due to a series of injuries. He suffered a sprained right upper ankle during the Panthers’ week 2 loss to the Buccaneers, missing six games.

Then, on his return to the field against the Chiefs in Week 9, he suffered a shoulder injury that ended his season.

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McCaffrey hasn’t played a full season since 2019 when he had the best 1,387 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns and 1,005 received yards with four touchdowns.

Tom Gatto contributed to this report.

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