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.
CAR RB Chuba Hubbard - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at New Orleans Saints
Chuba Hubbard led the backfield with six carries last week but he was held to just nine yards and has another tough matchup against the Saints on the docket. Look away from the Panthers’ running game this week and likely for the rest of the season, as Hubbard isn’t producing and doesn’t catch enough passes to make up for his inefficiencies on the ground. Sit him.