Carolina Panthers rule RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) out Sunday vs. Minnesota Vikings

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Managing again Christian McCaffrey will miss his third straight video game and 16th in 22 under coach Matt Rhule when the Carolina Panthers enjoy the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Financial institution of The us Stadium.

McCaffrey has been working with a hamstring personal injury because straining it in the second quarter of a Sept. 23 gain at Houston. Rhule was optimistic the Pro Bowl back again would return this week just after practising previous week on a limited basis.

But McCaffrey was confined once again on Wednesday and didn’t follow on Thursday or Friday, forcing the Panthers to all over again transform to rookie Chuba Hubbard as the starter.

Rhule would not phone McCaffrey’s not becoming prepared this week a setback.

“It just hasn’t been there still,” Rhule said on Friday. “He’s performing all the things he can. It really is been a few weeks. We hope to have him out there following 7 days.”

McCaffrey missed 13 games with 3 unique accidents very last period immediately after the Panthers built him the highest-paid out again in the league with a four-yr, $64 million extension.

Rhule reiterated on Friday what he said on Wednesday, that the Panthers weren’t likely to rush McCaffrey or any player again.

“When doctors crystal clear him and the player feels like they can play, we are going to go with him,” he explained on Wednesday.

McCaffrey was optimistic last week he would be ready to encounter Philadelphia, but then on Friday was ruled uncertain. He admitted the earlier yr has been frustrating, but he had no explanation for all of his accidents, every single distinctive.

“I would like I had the solutions, gentleman,” McCaffrey mentioned. “If I had the answers, guy … I explain to you what, I would not be standing below answering these concerns.”

McCaffrey’s injuries bug started right after a 2019 season in which he turned the 3rd participant in NFL background to have 1,000 yards rushing and getting in the identical season.

Offensive coordinator Joe Brady will not deny the Panthers (3-2) are far better with McCaffrey. Analytics aid that, particularly as it pertains to quarterback Sam Darnold getting pressured and sacked.

Darnold has been sacked 8 situations the past two game titles without having McCaffrey. He was sacked only a few situations the 1st two online games when McCaffrey performed a greater part of the snaps.

Minnesota, with 17 sacks, ranks next in the NFL.

But Brady is self-confident in Hubbard, who rushed for 101 yards very last week on 24 carries.

“It’s nothing like, ‘Oh, man, we dropped our whole offense simply because we have one man [out],”’ Brady reported. “We have enough playmakers on this workforce. I have to do a better task of finding the ball in their palms and we have to execute at a higher level.”