RB: Christian McCaffrey

Panthers placed RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) on injured reserve.

It's a complete disaster for the Panthers, who initially held off on placing McCaffrey on injured reserve following his Week 3 injury because they thought he would miss fewer than three games. Coach Matt Rhule insisted on Friday that McCaffrey had not suffered a setback, and that the team was "hopeful" he would return for Week 7. Now the earliest we will see him is Week 9 against the Patriots, and that can't be taken for granted considering the way McCaffrey's rehab has gone, not to mention his 2020. Chuba Hubbard has consolidated work in McCaffrey's absence, and is a high-end RB2 for Week 6. He could push for low-end RB1 valuation if the Panthers continue to expand his workload.

Oct 16, 2021, 1:33 PM ET