5 shining stars from the Carolina Panthers win at Texans in Week 3

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports) Tommy Tremble
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Which Carolina Panthers players emerged as shining stars from their game at the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football?

It was another win for the Carolina Panthers. But it came at a price.

Thursday night’s convincing success at the Houston Texans was tainted by two problematic injuries to Christian McCaffrey and Jaycee Horn, who are both incredibly influential to the team’s chances of making some waves as the campaign goes on.

Horn is expected to miss a significant period with a broken foot. A real blow considering how well the South Carolina product began his time with the Panthers after the organization selected him No. 8 overall.

If that was bad, then having McCaffrey go down was even worse. The star running back is set to miss anywhere from 2-5 weeks, which is the latest in a series of frustrating problems on the injury front for the All-Pro over the last two years.

Despite these challenges, Carolina managed to dig deep and get another positive result. Here are five shining stars from their victory in Houston.

Shining Star No. 1

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Tommy Tremble – Carolina Panthers TE

This was Tommy Tremble’s coming-out party to a certain extent. The rookie tight end has been used sparingly over the first two games of the season, but his latest outing could indicate a larger role moving forward.

While the Notre Dame product wasn’t heavily involved, he did come up with some eye-catching plays that the Panthers really needed at the time. This also included Tremble’s first competitive touchdown to further highlight his overall influence.

Tremble gained one reception for 30 yards as well as his rushing score. It might not seem like much, but it’s a real step in the right direction for a rookie who Matt Rhule described as “this year’s Jeremy Chinn” thanks to his versatility.