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Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey missed the remainder of his team’s game against the Texans in Houston on Thursday night after sustaining a hamstring injury in the first half.
McCaffrey suffered the injury early in the second quarter; he appeared to hurt himself as he tried to circle Texans linebacker Joe Thomas. He entered Carolina’s medical tent later in the fourth and did not return to the game.
Now, it was announced that McCaffrey will miss a few weeks, but will not go on injured reserve according to the team.
In the meantime, he will hand over the starting job to former Oklahoma State standout Chuba Hubbard.
The Panthers before halftime McCaffrey was out for the night. Coach Matt Rhule said after the game that McCaffrey suffered a hamstring strain and that he will undergo an MRI exam.
Christian McCaffrey to miss “a few weeks” https://t.co/d3moRSGs0z— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 24, 2021
McCaffrey, who is in his fifth NFL season, entered the game with 45 carries for 170 yards and a touchdown. He also had 14 receptions for 154 receiving yards. He added to those totals Thursday with seven carries for 31 yards and two receptions for nine yards.
Rookie running back Chuba Hubbard replaced McCaffrey as the Panthers’ leading running back. Hubbard finished with 11 carries for 52 yards and three receptions for 27 yards. Carolina won 24-9 to improve to 3-0 for the season.
McCaffrey missed 13 games last season due to a variety of injuries. He sprained his right ankle during the Panthers’ Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers, causing him to miss six games.
Then, he suffered a shoulder injury on his return to the field against the Chiefs in Week 9, ending his season.
McCaffrey hasn’t played a full season since 2019, when he posted a career-high 1,387 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns and 1,005 receiving yards with four touchdowns.
Tom Gatto contributed to this report.