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Christian McCaffrey
BYE Week: 13
Christian McCaffrey
Carolina Panthers
Active BYE Week: 1 RB
Carolina Panthers

ESPN's Mike Clay reports 14 running backs played all 32 regular season games from the start of the 2019 NFL season to the end of the 2020 season. 

Here's the thing: None of the 14 backs are starters. It's a remarkable stat demonstrating the attrition rate among those playing football's most brutal position. The 14 running backs were Peyton Barber, Gus Edwards, Nyheim Hines, Ameer Abdullah, D'Ernest Johnson, Devontae Booker, Royce Freeman, Dion Lewis, Mike Boone, Giovani Bernard, Alex Armah, J.D. McKissic, Alec Ingold, and Keith Smith, per Clay. 2020 saw top-tier running backs demolished by injury: Saquon Barkley tore his ACL and missed 14 games; Christian McCaffrey was out 13 games with various ailments; Joe Mixon's foot injury cost him 10 games; Austin Ekeler hurt his hamstring and was out for six weeks; and Chris Carson and Miles Sanders each missed four games. Meanwhile, 20 wide receivers played all 32 games from 2019 to 2020, including Amari Cooper, Robby Anderson, Allen Robinson, DK Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett. The league expanding to a 17-game regular season makes it even more unlikely running backs -- and anyone else in the NFL -- can get through an entire year unscathed.  Apr 05 11:31 am (EST)



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