Report: Panthers' Christian McCaffrey expected to miss 4-6 weeks with ankle injury

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss 4-6 due to an ankle sprain he suffered in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Network reported.

McCaffrey suffered the injury on a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He had his ankle taped on the sideline but was ruled out and did not return to the game. He underwent an MRI on Monday.

He also did something to his leg in the first quarter and came out of the game, coach Matt Rhule said in the post-game video call with reporters.

He finished the game with 59 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. McCaffrey, 24, signed a record four-year, $64 million extension with the Panthers last spring.

There were a number of star players who suffered injuries in Week 2 of the NFL season, including fellow backs Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, Raheem Mostert of the San Francisco 49ers and David Montgomery of the Chicago Bears.

Christian McCaffrey carries the ball. No one else is in the photo.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey injured his ankle in Week 2. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

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