24-9 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night.
The injury appeared to happen on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter in which there was no contact. After the play, McCaffrey left the field, went into the blue medical tent and was later ruled out of the game. McCaffrey’s night ends with 31 yards rushing on seven carries, plus two receptions for 9 yards receiving.
After the game, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule described McCaffrey’s injury as a “strained hamstring.”
It is a frustrating development for McCaffrey and the Panthers after the running back endured an injury-plagued 2020 season. The 2019 All-Pro missed all but three games last season with a number of ailments, including a high ankle sprain, shoulder and quadriceps injuries.
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McCaffrey posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2018-19, including 1,005 yards receiving in 2019. McCaffrey has 46 touchdowns in 54 games played in the NFL.