Christian McCaffrey injury update: Panthers RB ruled out of Texans game with hamstring injury

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will miss the remainder of his team’s game against the Texans in Houston on Thursday night with a hamstring injury. 

McCaffrey suffered the injury early in the second quarter; he appeared to hurt himself while attempting to step around Texans linebacker Joe Thomas. He entered Carolina’s medical tent later in the quarter and did not return to the game. 

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The Panthers announced in the second quarter that McCaffrey was out for the night.  

McCaffrey, who is in his fifth season in the NFL, entered the game with 45 rushes for 170 yards and a touchdown. He also had recorded 14 receptions for 154 receiving yards. He added to those totals 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’ lead back.

McCaffrey missed 13 games last season due to an assortment of injuries. He suffered a right high-ankle sprain during the Panthers’ Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers, causing him to miss six games. 

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

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McCaffrey has not played a full season since 2019, when he recorded a career-best 1,387 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns and 1,005 receiving yards with four touchdowns.

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