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Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey ruled OUT after suffering hamstring injury against Texans on Thursday Night Football

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

The Carolina Panthers will be without running back Christian McCaffrey for the rest of their Week 3 matchup with the Houston Texans and must hope his absence won’t linger longer.

McCaffrey injured his hamstring early in the second quarter of Thursday night’s matchup with the Texans and was ruled out shortly after departing the field for Carolina’s medical tent.

McCaffrey spent 22 minutes in the Panthers’ tent before walking to the team’s locker room with trainers to get the injury further evaluated. The Panthers have running backs Chuba Hubbard and Royce Freeman available to play Thursday. Looking forward, they also have Spencer Brown and Rodney Smith on their practice squad.

Fantasy Football Takeaways

Rookie Chuba Hubbard 

Low-end RB2 for now, but Hubbard played in every situation this preseason (short-down-distance, long-down-distance and two-minute offense). Veteran Royce Freeman worked in on that last drive so I will report out on the roles when we have more info. Freeman should be rostered in deeper league formats (12+ teams).

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