Christian McCaffrey’s injury vs Texans adds to brief history of setbacks for Panthers RB

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Throughout his football career, Carolina’s star running back Christian McCaffrey has been largely durable.

But he hasn’t been the past two years — and the injury bug bit again Thursday night in the second quarter of the Panthers’ Week 3 game against the Houston Texans.

His injury could rehash discussions of McCaffrey’s workload: The running back had 59 touches through two games in 2021, which was on pace to break the single-season record, especially considering this is a 17-game regular season opposed to 16.

Here’s a look at McCaffrey’s injury history:

Christian McCaffrey injury history

Oct. 8, 2016: Undisclosed injury against Washington State (while McCaffrey was at Stanford); that same year, he opted to not play in a bowl game to prepare for the 2017 NFL draft.

2020 Week 2: High ankle sprain vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2020 Week 9: Shoulder sprain vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

2020 Week 13: Thigh injury while training on his own during the Panthers’ bye week.

2021 Week 2: Cramps (only missed one series) against the New Orleans Saints.

2021 Week 3: Hamstring against the Houston Texans.