Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey did not participate in practice Thursday due to a nagging hamstring injury, per Field Yates of ESPN.
He has been participating in practice on a limited basis for the last few weeks after suffering the injury in Week 3 against the Houston Texans.
Yesterday, head coach Matt Rhule said he was 50-50 on whether or not his all-purpose running back would play this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings. He missed the Panthers’ last two games against the Eagles and Cowboys.
“I couldn’t go either way right now,” Rhule said.
This season, McCaffrey has 52 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown on the ground plus 16 receptions for 163 yards through the air.
The Panthers would love to have their standout back after suffering two straight losses. They started the season 3-0, and they are now 3-2 and a 1.5-point home underdog against the Vikings.
McCaffrey has been very durable for most of his NFL career, however, the injury bug has bitten him the past two years. In 2020, he simply couldn’t stay healthy. The Stanford product suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2, a shoulder sprain in Week 9 and a thigh injury in Week 13 while training on his own during the bye week.
McCaffrey rewrote record books at Stanford
McCaffrey was a threat from the moment he arrived in Palo Alto, playing in all 12 regular season games and the 2014 Foster Farms Bowl against Maryland his freshman year. He was the poster child for versatility, as he holds the NCAA record for most all-purpose yards in a single season with 3,864 in 2015.
That same year, he was the only FBS player to lead his team in both rushing and receiving yards. He was named first-team All-American both as a kick returner and a running back. The accolades for his 2015 season are nearly endless; he was named Associated Press Player of the Year, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and the Rose Bowl Offensive MVP.
Over his three years on The Farm, the former top-100 recruit caught 99 passes for 1,206 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had seven 300+ all-purpose yardage games while at Stanford and led the nation with 211.6 yards per game in 2016. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
On3’s Wade Peery contributed to this report.