Panthers’ win costly as McCaffrey, Horn leave hurt

HOUSTON — Panthers operating again Christian McCaffrey left Thursday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Texans with a strained hamstring, and Carolina later misplaced first-round decide Jaycee Horn to a damaged foot.

The accidents, confirmed by coach Matt Rhule, soured an evening that noticed the Panthers beat the Texans 24-9 to maneuver to 3-0 for simply the fifth time in crew historical past.

Rhule mentioned the crew does not know the severity of McCaffrey’s damage. The star operating again will bear further checks.

He was harm making a run to the left on first-and-10 from the Texans’ 14-yard line within the second quarter. He did what gave the impression to be a stutter step to keep away from the defender and went instantly to the sideline after a 2-yard acquire.

McCaffrey stayed within the sideline medical tent for 22 minutes earlier than rising and heading to the locker room. He walked beneath his personal energy with a slight limp.

McCaffrey was changed by Chuba Hubbard, a 2021 fourth-round pick of Oklahoma State. Hubbard completed with 52 yards on 11 carries, whereas including three catches for 27 yards.

Early within the third quarter, the Panthers additionally misplaced Horn, the No. 8 total decide, after he suffered a non-contact damage to his proper foot. Horn was taken to the locker room on a golf cart and was later dominated out for the sport.

There was no fast phrase on how lengthy he’ll be sidelined.

Horn, the son of former NFL vast receiver Joe Horn, was inserted instantly into the beginning lineup and performed a giant function in Carolina turning into the league’s top-ranked protection after two video games.

McCaffrey, who in 2019 grew to become the third participant in NFL historical past to have 1,000 yards dashing and receiving in the identical season, entered the sport because the NFL’s chief in yards from scrimmage with 324 yards.

He missed 13 video games final season with a number of accidents, together with a excessive ankle sprain suffered in Week 2. He returned this season wanting stronger than ever.

He left late within the third quarter of final week’s win in opposition to the New Orleans Saints to get a few IV luggage for what he known as “onset cramps.” He mentioned earlier this week he was good go to.

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