Carolina survives injury scare to Christian McCaffrey against Saints
In their game against the New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers survived a massive injury scare with starting running back Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey exited the field and went to the locker room in the second half. According to FOX Sports reporter Jennifer Hale, the running back had serious issues with cramps on the sideline throughout the contest, eventually forcing him to the locker room.
Christian McCaffrey been battling cramps on the @Panthers sideline. The athletic trainer rolled his calves so hard, the roller broke. CMC sprinted into Carolina’s locker room & is officially questionable. @NFLonFOX @Saints
— Jennifer Hale (@JenHale504) September 19, 2021
Thankfully for the Carolina Panthers, McCaffrey was able to return and is set to play out the game’s remainder, assuming he suffers no further setbacks.
Both Carolina and New Orleans are looking for their second wins of the season after impressive Week 1 victories. The Panthers defeated the New York Jets 19-14, while the Saints dominated the Green Bay Packers to the tune of 38-13.
McCaffrey, a back-to-back All-Pro selection in 2018 and 2019, missed all but three games last season while dealing with multiple injuries. He was first sent to injured reserve due to a significant ankle sprain, and quickly suffered a season-ending shoulder injury upon his return to the lineup in Week 9.
The eighth overall pick of the 2017 draft, Christian McCaffrey has established himself as one of football’s most dynamic all-field playmakers when healthy. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in both 2018 and 2019, also nearing or surpassing that threshold in receiving yards.