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David Shaw Says Christian McCaffrey Is "Pretty Beaten Up," Could Miss Notre Dame Game

Christian McCaffrey injury update: Stanford's Heisman hopeful running back could miss the Cardinal's upcoming game vs. Notre Dame.

Head coach David Shaw gave an update the Christian McCaffrey injury sustained during Saturday's 42-16 loss to Washington State. He says that McCaffrey is "pretty banged up," and his status for the team's trip to South Bend will be decided later this week. From ESPN:

"He's pretty beaten up," Shaw said. "But we'll see where he is."

McCaffrey left Saturday's game in the third quarter after just 40 total yards on the afternoon. His season, along with Stanford, has fallen a bit short of expectations so far. After his record 2015, he entered the year a Heisman front-runner. In five games, McCaffrey has 520 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and 154 receiving yards with a score through the air. That 134.8 yards per game from scrimmage is down from 2015, when he averaged over 190 yards per game, rushing and receiving.

Stanford entered the year as the favorite to win the Pac-12 and a College Football Playoff contender. With two losses through five games, those CFP dreams are all but dashed at this point for the Cardinal. Of course, on Saturday, they face a team that has been even more disappointing: 2-4 Notre Dame, which is coming off a dreadful game at N.C. State that was played in hurricane-like conditions.

Last year against Notre Dame, McCaffrey went for 113 yards from scrimmage, and 115 in the return game. Stanford won that game 38-36.