The Panthers beat the Texans 24-9 on Thursday, however Week 3 didn’t finish nicely for Christian McCaffrey.
Carolina’s star working again suffered a hamstring pressure within the second quarter, coach Matt Rhule confirmed after the sport. Rhule mentioned he was uncertain of the severity of McCaffrey’s harm, and that he’ll endure further checks.
McCaffrey’s girlfriend, Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit mannequin Olivia Culpo shared a delicate however candy Instagram Story put up after his harm. She reposted a photograph of the Professional-Bowler on the sector alongside quarterback Sam Darnold and added three crimson coronary heart emojis.
Culpo watched the game from her Los Angeles dwelling with the couple’s canine, Oliver. The toy golden doodle has practically 20,000 Instagram followers, and McCaffrey is featured in pictures all through the account.
The mannequin and actress attended the Panthers’ season-opener towards the Jets along with her sister Sophia, who’s relationship receiver Braxton Berrios. Olivia made positive to playfully taunt her sister concerning the Panthers’ 19-14 win over the Jets in Week 1.
On Thursday, McCaffrey injured his hamstring within the second quarter whereas making a run on first-and-10 from the Texans’ 14-yard line. He didn’t return to the sport after spending time within the medical tent, and was capable of later stroll gingerly to the locker room.
Quarterback Sam Darnold spoke to McCaffrey after the sport and described him as feeling “unhappy.”
“We’ll be all proper with out him,” Darold mentioned, including that he’s considering of his working again throughout this time. “Clearly, we would like him again. However I would like him to take his time and ensure he’s good for the tip of the season.”
Following McCaffrey’s harm, first-round choose Jaycee Horn went down with a damaged proper foot. It’s unclear how lengthy he’ll be out.
McCaffrey missed 13 video games final season as a result of a lot of accidents, together with a excessive ankle sprain in Week 2.
Thursday’s win over the Texans moved the Panthers to 3-0 for simply the fifth time in crew historical past.
Carolina visits Dallas on Oct. 3.