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Panthers stance on Christian McCaffrey trade rumors after season-ending injury

Panthers Christian McCaffrey injury

Running back Christian McCaffrey is mostly likely staying with the Panthers. According to Joseph Person of The Athletic, a team source said that Carolina has not made plans to trade McCaffrey.

The star running back suffered an ankle injury in their Week 12 loss to the Dolphins. An MRI revealed severe ankle damage that would force McCaffrey to miss the remainder of the season. However, the Panthers are sticking with him. Person also added that there can’t be too many teams attempting to trade for McCaffrey. He has been riddled with injuries during his time in the NFL and his huge salary is another price to pay.

The Panthers selected the 25-year-old eighth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he’s been in Carolina ever since. He even signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension in 2020 to stay with the team until 2025. This deal made him the highest-paid running back in the history of the NFL.

However, it seems as though McCaffrey has seen the injury report more than the field during his professional career. Last season, the running back suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 9. This year, two separate injuries have forced McCaffrey to miss time. He missed two games following a hamstring injury sustained in Week 3, and will now miss the remainder of the season due to his ankle injury in Week 12.