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Panthers Announce Decision On Christian McCaffrey Injury

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers warms up during their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers beat the Houston Texans last Thursday, but Christian McCaffrey went down with an injury during the outing.

McCaffrey had seven carries for 31 yards and two catches for nine yards before he left the game with a hamstring injury. There's been concern ever since that the Panthers star back would have to go on the injured reserve. That won't be the outcome.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule announced on Monday that he won't be placing McCaffrey on the injured reserve. That means Rhule expects McCaffrey to return within three weeks.

The Panthers, in the meantime, will now turn to Chuba Hubbard and Royce Freeman to handle the workload.

This is great news, but the Panthers have to be careful here. Hamstring injuries are trick.

Christian McCaffrey is vital to Carolina's success on offense. He's already off to a hot start this season with 201 yards and one touchdown on the ground and 163 yards receiving.

The Panthers will now turn their running game over to rookie Chuba Hubbard and veteran Royce Freeman. The Freeman signing certainly stands out at this moment. He was shown the exit in the Denver Broncos' crowded backfield. But he'll now play a pretty important role for the Panthers following McCaffrey's injury.

The good news is that Hubbard and Freeman won't have to make up for McCaffrey's absence much longer. It sounds like he'll return in the next week or two.