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Chuba Hubbard ruled OUT for Week 9 vs. Bengals

We break down the news that Chuba Hubbard has an ankle injury. What it means for Week 9 and beyond.

Chuba Hubbard #30 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Friday update: Hubbard is officially out for Week 4. Fire up D’Onta Foreman.

Thursday update: Hubbard was once again limited on Thursday, as he looks close to returning.

Wednesday update: Hubbard was officially listed as limited on the injury report for Wednesday. This is a good sign for his possible return this week.

Week 9 of the NFL season is here. The Carolina Panthers will be taking on the Cincinnati Bengals in a non-conference matchup. Since the team traded away star RB Christian McCaffrey they have turned to both Chuba Hubbard and D’Onta Foreman to man the backfield. Hubbard missed last week’s game with an ankle injury but has returned to practice to start Week 9.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

In the one game that Foreman and Hubbard played together, they both had fantasy-relevant outputs. Foreman had 15 carries for 118 yards, while Hubbard had nine for 63 yards and a touchdown. Hubbard should be able to keep this backfield split if he is active, but with the performance Foreman had in Week 8, don’t be surprised if Foreman is the starter. Hubbard should still see a good workload but is a risky start with how Foreman has played.