An MRI Monday morning revealed an injury severe enough to place him on injured reserve. Because of the time it would take to recover, and because it will be his second time on injured reserve this season, the news means McCaffrey will miss out on the Panthers' final five regular season games after the bye week.
It was reported earlier today that McCaffrey's ankle injury wasn't that serious and he could return after the bye week, but the MRI changed the mind of the team. It's certainly not a surprise as McCaffrey has found it hard to stay on the field this year. With the team in a freefall and the season winding down, there wasn't much incentive to bringing McCaffrey back after another injury even if he was healthy. Hubbard will now take over as the team's lead back and has flashed earlier this season as the RB1.