Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey strained hamstring vs. Texans; severity unknown
Despite the Panthers’ 3-0 start to the season, there is cause for worry in Carolina.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey injured his hamstring in the Panthers’ victory against the Texans on Thursday night, according to head coach Matt Rhule.
Rhule said that he has no idea how serious the injury is.
Following a run in which he could be seen favoring his leg after no contact
McCaffrey exited the field and walked into the blue medical tent in the second quarter.
McCaffrey was later confirmed to be out on the broadcast, and the Panthers announced it soon after.
While the severity of McCaffrey’s injury and his comeback date is unclear, Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold urged CMC to take his time and make sure he’s completely healed when he returns.
“Without him, we’ll be OK,” Darnold added. “Obviously, we want him back, but I’d want him to take his time now and make sure he’s ready for the conclusion of the season.”
Due to shoulder and ankle problems, McCaffrey’s 2020 season was limited to only three games.
On Monday, McCaffrey looked like his old self heading into the second quarter.
On a nine-yard rush off left tackle, he went out of bounds and into the medical tent, which altered everything.
Carolina’s running backs Chuba Hubbard and Royce Freeman will now play a larger part in the backfield.
McCaffrey’s evening ended with seven carries for 31 yards and two catches for nine yards before the injury.
The big issue now is how much more output CMC can provide the Panthers this season.