Breaking! Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey Placed on IR List

Published 10/16/2021, 6:25 PM EDT


Matt Rhule’s Carolina Panthers are having a season to remember this season. They are second in the NFC South with a 3-2 record heading into the midway stage of the ongoing NFL season. However, the Panthers have been hit with their latest setback in the form of an injury to star running back, Christian McCaffrey.

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2017 1st-round pick Christian McCaffrey has been a central figure in Carolina over the last four years. His performances over his first two seasons with the Panthers earned him a bumper contract in 2020. McCaffrey signed a bumper four-year, $64 million contract extension hrough the 2025 season, making him the highest-paid running back in NFL.

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Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey faces spell on the sidelines

Sam Darnold-led Carolina Panthers are making a case for the playoffs this year. However, they will miss out on the services of Christian McCaffrey for the next three games at the very least. The 25-year old featured in three games for the Panthers this season with 201 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown to name.

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Since arriving in the NFL four years ago, McCaffrey has established himself as one the best running backs in the league alongside Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb and Alvin Kamara. However, he’s been dealt a rough hand by the football gods in the last 2 years.

His latest hamstring injury will see him miss a crucial phase of the Panthers’ season. Matt Rhule’s boys will go up against Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants over the next two game weeks.

Sep 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Darnold’s displays in his debut season in Carolina are nothing short of impressive. Backup RB Chuba Hubbard also put in a spirited display in the 21-18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend. Hopefully, he can step up in the absence of Christian and help his team make the playoffs.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports. With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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