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


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.