The Panthers have made their decision on Christian McCaffrey for the game against the Cowboys.


The Dallas Cowboys, who have the NFL’s sixth-ranked rushing defense, got a break for their home game against the undefeated Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The Panthers ruled out star running back Christian McCaffrey on Friday due to a hamstring injury he sustained in the team’s Week 3 win over Houston. McCaffrey is expected to miss a few games due to the injury, despite avoiding injured reserve. Prior to the injury, McCaffrey had 201 yards and one touchdown on 52 carries, as well as 17 receptions for 163 yards. This was his second injury in as many seasons. With ankle and shoulder issues, the 25-year-old missed the majority of the 2020 campaign.

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Replacing McCaffrey

His loss is a devastating blow to Carolina, which will move forward with fourth-round rookie Chuba Hubbard and veteran Royce Freeman at running back. Last Sunday, Hubbard, a dynamic runner for Oklahoma State, had 11 carries for 52 yards and three catches for 27 yards. In his first game as a Panther, Freeman, a third-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2018, had five totes for 17 yards.

With quarterback Sam Darnold leading the team to three straight victories, head coach Matt Rhule is at ease leaving the backfield to players who aren’t named Christian McCaffrey. “I think we’re just going to go out and run our offense,” Rhule said on the team’s official website on Wednesday. “Obviously, you can’t replace Christian McCaffrey’s production, but those other players have been waiting for their chance, and who knows what they’ll do once they get it..” So I don’t think it’s fair or reasonable to expect Sam and the offensive line to abandon what we’ve been working on for a long time. “What [Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady] has been able to do this week, and what he has to do, is make sure we’re being as aggressive as we can as we put together a game plan, and make sure we do the things we do well while also featuring what our players do well,” Rhule continued. ”

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Gregory Good to Go

Gregory has been out of practice this week after re-aggravating a left knee injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. The fourth-year pro assured reporters, however, that his knee “feels great,” and a source close to Gregory told the Dallas Morning News that “all is good” for Week 4.

“My knee is something I’ve dealt with throughout my career,” Gregory told The Athletic on Friday. “I’m just getting old, and every now and then I have to put some WD-40 on my knees to get them nice and lubed up so I can go..” But it doesn’t bother me too much. ”

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