Christian McCaffrey Placed on Panthers IR; Out at Least 3 Games With Hamstring Injury

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Christian McCaffrey, the Carolina Panthers' star running back, was placed on injured reserve Saturday due to a hamstring injury.

Joe Person from The Athletic says McCaffrey will be out at least three more games.

Although the 25-year old is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL, injuries have caused him to lose his ability to play the game.

Due to shoulder and ankle injuries, he was limited to just three games in 2020. He was injured in his first matchup against the Houston Texans. The hamstring strain he sustained in Week 3 saw him miss the rest of the matchup. It has also cost him two games this year.

McCaffrey won't be eligible for return until Week 9 against the New England Patriots.

McCaffrey's games have seen him run for 201 yards and score one touchdown. He has also had 16 receptions for 163 yard.

He was the No. 8 pick in 2017. He was the No. 8 pick in 2017 and lived up to his lofty rank during his second and subsequent seasons.

McCaffrey demonstrated what he can do in 2019, finishing with 1,387 yards, 15 touchdowns on ground to go along with 116 receptions for 1,005 yard and four more scores.

McCaffrey, along with Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig, became the third running back to surpass 1,000 receiving and rushing yards in NFL history.

McCaffrey plays a major role in Carolina's offense. It is clear that his absence can have a dramatic impact on the game. The passing game and Sam Darnold, the quarterback, will be highlighted even more.

In McCaffrey’s absence, Chuba Hubbard, a rookie running back, will start. Royce Freeman may also get some opportunities.