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Though the Panthers are off to a 3-0 start to the season, there is major concern for Carolina.
Standout running back Christian McCaffrey suffered a strained hamstring in Thursday night’s Panthers win over the Texans, Carolina head coach Matt Rhule said after the game. Rhule added he does not know the severity of the injury.
McCaffrey left the field and went into the blue medical tent in the second quarter following a run in which he could be seen favoring his leg after no contact. It was subsequently announced on the broadcast that McCaffrey was out and the Panthers announced it shortly thereafter.
While the severity or return timetable is unknown for McCaffrey, Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold said he told CMC to take his time to make sure he’s fully healthy when he returns.
HOUSTON — Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey left Thursday night’s game against the Texans with a strained hamstring, and Carolina later lost first-round pick Jaycee Horn to a broken right foot.
The injuries, confirmed by coach Matt Rhule, soured a night that saw the Panthers beat the Texans 24-9 to move to 3-0 for just the fifth time in team history.
Rhule said the team doesn’t know the severity of McCaffrey’s injury. The star running back will undergo additional tests.
Quarterback Sam Darnold said he talked to McCaffrey after the game and described him as “sad.” Darnold also had a message for McCaffrey, believing he’ll be back this season.
Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey missed the remainder of his team’s game against the Texans in Houston on Thursday night after suffering a hamstring injury in the first half.
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.
The Carolina Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since their last Super Bowl appearance, but injuries to star running back Christian McCaffrey and top-10 pick Jaycee Horn loomed over their 24-9 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday.
McCaffrey, who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage through two weeks, left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. Coach Matt Rhule said he didn’t know the severity of the injury, but an MRI was forthcoming. Quarterback Sam Darnold, who described McCaffrey as “sad” when they spoke in the locker room, said he believes the star running back will be back this season, but said he was also being optimistic.
The Panthers seem to be fighting an injury bug, and Christian McCaffrey was the first to fall.
As he ran down towards the 10-yard line against the Texans, the Panthers running back seemed to skip mid-step. McCaffrey was taken to the blue medical tent and was later ruled out with a hamstring injury.
McCaffrey missed 13 games during the 2020 season for a variety of injuries, ranging from a high ankle sprain, his shoulder and quadriceps.
The Carolina Panthers lost star running back Christian McCaffrey in the first half of their “Thursday Night Football” win over the Houston Texans. Following the game, head coach Matt Rhule said that McCaffrey “strained” his hamstring, and that they do not know the severity of the injury just yet. Rhule also said that he spoke with McCaffrey in the locker room, and that he was moving around.
Early in the second quarter, NFL Network sideline reporter Erin Andrews reported that McCaffrey had been ruled out for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury. The last play the All-Pro running back took part in was a first-and-10 from the Texans’ 14-yard line, where he rushed left for 2 yards. Chuba Hubbard immediately took over as the lead back, and was the focal point in the run game moving forward. McCaffrey spent a considerable amount of time in the blue medical tent when he left the game, but then walked to the locker room with trainers. He walked slowly, but without any assistance.
McCaffrey played in just three games last year, as ankle and shoulder injuries held him back. It was really the first time injuries had hampered him in his career, but it appeared he was back to his old ways through the first two games of the 2021 season. Against the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, McCaffrey racked up 324 yards from scrimmage on 59 touches and scored one touchdown.