Sep 19, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) comes on to the field before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) out vs. Vikings

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a lingering hamstring injury, the team announced Friday.

McCaffrey was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice and did not practice Thursday or Friday for the Panthers (3-2).

McCaffrey registered limited practices last week as he tries to work his way back from the injury he sustained during Carolina’s 24-9 victory over the Houston Texans on Sept. 23.

An All-Pro, McCaffrey, 25, has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He played only three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and a shoulder injury.

Rookie Chuba Hubbard has been starting in his absence and ran for 101 yards last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Panthers also said linebackers Shaq Thompson (foot) and Kamal Martin (concussion) won’t play Sunday.

For the Vikings (2-3), tight end Ben Ellefson (knee) and defensive tackle Michael Pierce (elbow) are out.

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) stretches before the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) misses practice

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey did not practice Thursday, dousing optimism that he’ll be able to return this Sunday from a hamstring injury.

McCaffrey was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, with Panthers head coach Matt Rhule saying the All-Pro running back was 50-50 to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (2-3). Rhule added McCaffrey’s availability was dependent on how his hamstring responded each day.

Rhule doesn’t speak with the media on Thursdays.

“We come in after every game, and you don’t know if this guy’s going to play or how much this guy is going to be able to go. It’s part of the profession,” offensive coordinator Joe Brady said Thursday. “We have to be ready, and everybody has to be ready, and we have to be ready for certain people to be down.”

McCaffrey registered limited practices last week as he works his way back from the injury he sustained during Carolina’s 24-9 victory over the Houston Texans on Sept. 23.

McCaffrey, 25, has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He played only three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and a shoulder injury.

Shaq Thompson didn’t practice but was at practice without a walking boot after suffering a foot injury in Week 4 against Dallas. He will miss his second consecutive game Sunday.

The Panthers are 3-2 but have lost two straight.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) comes on to the field before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey doubtful vs. Eagles

Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey isn’t likely to return to action this weekend.

The Panthers (3-1) on Friday listed McCaffrey as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles (1-3).

McCaffrey registered limited practices this week as he works his way back from a hamstring injury sustained during Carolina’s 24-9 victory over the Houston Texans on Sept. 23.

“Nothing much more to add,” Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said. “He’s been going. It’s doubtful he’ll play on Sunday. That could change. I’m not going to play any games (with the injury status).”

McCaffrey, 25, has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He played only three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and a shoulder injury.

Rookie running back Chuba Hubbard rushed for 57 yards and added two catches for 14 yards in the Panthers’ 36-28 setback to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The team also listed linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot) and offensive tackle Cameron Erving (shoulder/neck) as out for the contest.

Thompson, 27, has recorded 25 tackles, one sack and one interception in four games this season.

Erving, 29, has started all four games this season and 51 of 79 career games in which he has competed with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Cowboys and Panthers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey: Thursday turnaround a factor in injury

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is close to returning from a hamstring strain he suffered in Week 3 against the Houston Texans, telling reporters Thursday he “definitely feel(s) good” this week.

The 2019 All-Pro sustained that injury during a “Thursday Night Football” contest, and he readily admitted that the short week played a part.

“It was extremely frustrating,” McCaffrey said in his press conference. “I don’t prefer Thursday night games. You go through a lot in a football game. And you really get two days to recover and one of those days is a travel day. So you get two days to recover, you hop on a plane, you get in a hotel, and then you go out and play in a football game. It’s really tough. But it is what it is. It’s part of the game and obviously frustrating.”

McCaffrey wouldn’t chalk it up to “overuse,” but agreed that the short recovery time was a factor.

“Definitely. There’s no telling that if you had another three, four days to recover — you just never know. But I definitely think so,” he said.

McCaffrey sat out Carolina’s Week 4 loss to the host Dallas Cowboys. He returned to practice Wednesday.

McCaffrey has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He played only three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and a shoulder injury.

The Panthers (3-1) host the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) prepares to walk onto the field before the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey returns to practice

Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey was limited in his return to practice on Wednesday.

McCaffrey, 25, has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury during the Panthers’ 24-9 victory over the Houston Texans on Sept. 23.

Coach Matt Rhule told reporters that McCaffrey “looked real good” on Wednesday, however he wasn’t sure of his status for Sunday’s game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles (1-3). He said McCaffrey could be a game-day decision for Carolina (3-1).

McCaffrey has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He played only three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and a shoulder injury.

Rookie running back Chuba Hubbard rushed for 57 yards and added two catches for 14 yards in the Panthers’ 36-28 setback to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey ruled out for Panthers vs. Cowboys

Star running back Christian McCaffrey will miss the Carolina Panthers’ game Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys with a hamstring strain from last week.

Though he was ruled out on Friday’s injury report, McCaffrey has avoided injured reserve, and head coach Matt Rhule said earlier in the week that McCaffrey could return in less than three weeks.

The 25-year-old back, who was named an All-Pro in 2019, exited early from the Panthers’ Week 3 win over the Houston Texans on Sept. 23 with the injury. He played only three games in 2020 due to a high ankle sprain and a shoulder injury.

McCaffrey, 25, has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season.

Rookie running back Chuba Hubbard is expected to start in McCaffrey’s absence. He gained 52 rushing yards on 11 carries and caught three passes for 27 yards in place of McCaffrey against the Texans.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) comes on to the field before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) avoids IR

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will not go on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, but rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn is headed there with a broken right foot.

Coach Matt Rhule updated the players’ injuries Monday, saying McCaffrey has a chance to return in less than three weeks while Horn needs surgery and his injury is potentially season-ending.

Both injuries occurred last Thursday as the Panthers improved to 3-0 with a 24-9 victory over the host Houston Texans.

McCaffrey, 25, has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season.

Horn, 21, has tallied five tackles and one interception in three games since being selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of South Carolina. He was the first defensive player taken in the draft.

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Sep 19, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn (8) celebrates his first NFL interception against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Panthers CB Jaycee Horn (foot) likely out 2-3 months

Carolina Panthers rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn is feared to have sustained multiple fractured bones in the metatarsal area of his right foot.

NFL Network reported Friday morning that Horn is facing a two-to-three-month recovery period should he elect to undergo surgery. That timetable would have Horn sidelined late into the season or even through the end of the campaign.

Horn and star running back Christian McCaffrey sustained injuries during the Panthers’ 24-9 victory over the host Houston Texans on Thursday night. McCaffrey injured his hamstring during the second quarter, although the severity of the injury is not yet known.

Horn injured his foot while backpedaling on a pass play during the third quarter. Horn, who was not contacted on the play, immediately motioned to the sideline for assistance.

“Jaycee will be back. Jaycee Horn is a special, special, special football player,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said of the 21-year-old, who is the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn.

Horn has recorded five tackles and one interception in three games since being selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of South Carolina. He was the first defensive player taken in the draft.

McCaffrey, 25, has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 16 receptions for 163 yards in three games this season. He is tied with Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans for the league lead in carries.

He became the third player in NFL history to record at least 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season (2019).

McCaffrey, however, was limited to three games in 2020 due to multiple injuries.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) comes on to the field before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) out rest of game for Panthers

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who was one of the most productive players in the NFL in 2019, exited Thursday night’s game with a hamstring injury in Houston.

McCaffrey left in the second quarter with the Panthers leading the Houston Texans 7-0. He tweaked a hamstring and won’t return, according to the team.

McCaffrey had been a standout in the first two games of the season, both running and catching the ball. On Thursday, he had 31 rushing yards on seven carries and nine receiving yards on two catches.

Last season, he played in only three games because of a variety of ailments.

–Field Level Media