Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey out a few weeks with hamstring injury

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McCaffrey missed 13 games last season due to an assortment of injuries. He suffered a right high-ankle sprain during the Panthers' Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers, causing him to miss six games. Then, he suffered a shoulder injury in his return to the field against the Chiefs in Week 9, ending his season. Sporting NewsChristian McCaffrey injury update: Panthers RB to miss several weeks, Chuba Hubbard to start

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will miss at least a few weeks because of the strained hamstring he suffered in Thursday night's 24-9 victory at Houston, coach Matt Rhule said Friday.

Rhule didn't rule out placing McCaffrey on injured reserve as the Pro Bowl running back undergoes more tests to determine the severity of the strain.

"They are still doing a bunch of diagnostic testing, so I can't tell you if that is one, two, three or four weeks," Rhule said.

First-round draft pick Jaycee Horn will be out considerably longer, possibly the season, after breaking three bones in his right foot. The cornerback and his family are in the process of deciding the best course of action, whether that is surgery or allowing the injury to heal on its own.

"It breaks my heart seeing these guys work so hard and get hurt," said Rhule, who didn't rule out injured reserve for Horn or safety Juston Burris (groin injury).

Horn addressed his injury in a tweet Friday, saying he will "be back stronger."

Tough times never last, tough people do. I hate I can't be out there having fun but I know the guys gonna hold it down. Thank you all who wish me well. I will be back stronger! I can't wait to be back doing what I love! Let's keep the ball rollin! #KeepPounding #TheChosen1 pic.twitter.com/sBPG0I5q36

McCaffrey's injury occurred early in the second quarter when he pulled up on a 2-yard run around the left side. He spent 22 minutes in the sideline medical tent before walking to the locker room under his own power.

Horn's injury, like McCaffrey's, was noncontact, and results of the tests Horn underwent in Charlotte on Friday were not immediately known. The injury appeared to be similar to what tight end Greg Olsen suffered in 2017 when he broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and missed nine weeks, including a bye.

Rhule declined to speculate on whether the short week or artificial turf was a factor in the injuries. But Rhule said he does believe the Panthers, 3-0 for the first time since 2015, are in a better position to handle this adversity than they were a year ago, when McCaffrey missed 13 games because of injury.

"We're a better football team," said Rhule, who went 5-11 in 2020, his first season as an NFL head coach.

Rookie Chuba Hubbard and veteran Royce Freeman finished Thursday's game at running back. Hubbard had 52 yards on 11 rushes and three catches for 27 yards. Freeman had five rushes for 17 yards.

Hubbard, a fourth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State, is expected to be first up for next week's game at Dallas. The Panthers are working out former Cleveland Browns and Texans running back Duke Johnson on Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Asked if the Panthers could sustain their success without McCaffrey, left tackle Cameron Erving said, "We're a football team. We're not the Carolina Christian McCaffreys."

Quarterback Sam Darnold said McCaffrey was "sad" when they spoke after the game. Darnold said he told McCaffrey it was important he didn't rush back and assured him "we'll be all right without him."

"Obviously, we want him back," Darnold said. "But I want him to take his time right now and make sure he's good for the end of the season."

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The Red Sox are battling the Yankees for a wild-card spot as the Giants try to hold off the Dodgers for a division title. It should be an interesting 10 days.

Few things are better than traditional rivals battling each other for postseason position in late September. So while five of baseball’s six divisions seem essentially wrapped up, and the wild-card field in both leagues is coming down to just a handful of teams, the next 10 days should spark plenty of interest thanks to two rivalries that are nearly as old as baseball.

In the National League West, the San Francisco Giants are trying to hold off the Los Angeles Dodgers for the division title — and the chance to avoid the volatility of a single-elimination wild-card game. In the American League, the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox — who face each other in a three-game series that starts Friday — are fighting for one of the two open wild-card spots, with a very real chance that one of them misses the playoffs.

A look at the open races shows a little room for movement as things wind down, with just enough tension to keep things fun.

Both teams have had ups and downs this season, but with nine games left for each, the Red Sox (88-65) lead the Yankees (86-67) by two games for the A.L.’s top wild-card spot. Just a half-game behind the Yankees — so currently not in line for a postseason spot entering Thursday’s games — are the surging Toronto Blue Jays (85-67), a team with a top candidate for the Cy Young Award in Robbie Ray and a run differential (+171) greater than the teams ahead of them combined (+118).

This weekend’s series in Boston could provide some clarity. On Friday, it will be ace vs. ace, as Gerrit Cole of the Yankees faces off against Nathan Eovaldi of the Red Sox. Saturday’s game will see a steep downturn in star power, with Nestor Cortes starting for the Yankees against Nick Pivetta. Sunday night’s game will be somewhere in the middle, with Jordan Montgomery going up against Eduardo Rodriguez.

A sweep by either team would tilt the race significantly, and the Red Sox and Yankees beating each other up could be good news for the Blue Jays, who start a four-game series in Minnesota on Thursday and will host the Yankees in Toronto next week.

Is it fair that one of these teams will be left out of the postseason when all three would be easily leading the N.L. East and be fighting for the division title in the A.L. Central? No. But that’s the reality of the format.

The Giants (99-53), who were written off by most pundits before the season, have cruised through the regular season, becoming the first team to 70, 80 and 90 wins. They will be the first to 100 as well, and they’ve done it through a combination of throwback seasons from stalwarts of the team’s glory days and breakout seasons from unheralded acquisitions. They have hit so many home runs that Ron Wotus, the team’s third-base coach, may be running out of different ways to high-five people.

That leaves the defending champion Dodgers (97-55) in line for a wild-card spot despite having the second best record in baseball. For an idea of how out of place it is as a wild-card contender, rather than a division leader, Los Angeles has a 14½-game lead over the No. 2 team in the wild-card race (St. Louis) and a 19-game lead over the No. 3 team (Cincinnati).

Thanks to the acquisition of Max Scherzer and the return from injury of Clayton Kershaw, it is easy enough to assume the Dodgers will be a nearly unstoppable force once October rolls around, but that will all hinge on the luck of a single wild-card game unless they are able to overtake San Francisco for the division lead.

Both teams have it relatively easy down the stretch, as they each get a chance to beat up on lowly Arizona and mediocre San Diego. But helping San Francisco considerably is that its third opponent in the next 10 days is the Colorado Rockies (71-80); the Dodgers have to close with three games against a strong Milwaukee team that may be motivated to finish on a high note.

The good news for baseball is that a win in the wild-card round by either the Giants or the Dodgers would set up a thrilling division series between 100-win rivals. The bad news is that both teams can’t survive beyond that round.

The Chicago White Sox (85-66) wrapped up the A.L. Central in spring training, the Tampa Bay Rays (94-59) should close out the A.L. East soon and the Houston Astros (91-61) have no real challenger in the A.L. West. The Milwaukee Brewers (91-61) built a big enough lead in the N.L. Central that a surge from the St. Louis Cardinals (82-69) should be fruitless.

That leaves the only real hopes for movement, behind the N.L. West and the A.L. wild card, in the N.L. East, where the Philadelphia Phillies (78-74) are trying to challenge the Atlanta Braves (80-70), and the second N.L. wild card, where the Cincinnati Reds (78-74) have fallen a bit too far behind the Cardinals.

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