DJ Moore, WR (CAR)

Big game versus Texans

Moore caught eight of 12 targets for 126 yards in Thursday night's 24-9 win over the Texans.

Moore was targeted frequently during the first half, helping the Panthers gain first downs with a variety of catches between the numbers. In fact, the wideout hit 100 yards on his six grabs by halftime. Although he understandably couldn't maintain that pace in the second half -- and was briefly seen being examined by trainers on the sideline before re-entering the game -- Moore overall helped Carolina's offense compensate for Christian McCaffrey's (hamstring) second-quarter exit. Quietly coming off consecutive seasons with 1,200 scrimmage yards, Moore has put up at least 75 yards in each of his three games to begin the current campaign, continuing his stock's ascent among receivers league-wide.

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Chuba Hubbard

RB | CAR

Lead back for foreseeable future

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RB | CAR

Another start on tap

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Ruled out

McCaffrey (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Not practicing

McCaffrey (hamstring) isn't participating at the start of Friday's practice and thus appears unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Vikings, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.