Panthers QB Sam Darnold (ankle) anticipated to overlook 4-6 weeks, will get second opinion

Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is anticipated to overlook 4 to 6 weeks after struggling a high-ankle sprain in Friday’s preseason finale versus the Buffalo Payments, NFL Community Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Head coach Matt Rhule confirmed Saturday that Darnold’s MRI confirmed he has a “vital” damage that might take a while to heal.

The second-year Panther sustained the sprain within the second half of final night time’s sport, simply 4 days after shedding the quarterback competitors to fellow 2018 first-rounder Baker Mayfield.

On the time he left the sphere, he had accomplished 5 of 11 passes for 49 yards.

Darnold’s damage complicates any exit plan the crew could have had for him within the aftermath of naming Mayfield the chief below middle, but it surely additionally provides one other drawback to take care of in a quarterback room that has thinned in latest weeks.

Carolina entered coaching camp with a contest between Mayfield and Darnold, plus the luxurious of giving 2022 third-rounder Matt Corral a redshirt season.

It exits camp with Corral having suffered a season-ending Lisfranc damage and Darnold on the shelf for no less than the primary quarter of the common season.

P.J. Walker, who’s getting into his third season with the Panthers and began one sport every in 2020 and 2021, was initially the odd man out within the QB room. Now, he figures to make the roster as Mayfield’s backup.

“Clearly, we have now two quarterbacks,” Rhule stated. “Usually, we’d go into the season with two. Sam, I believe he will probably be again, it is only a matter of what number of weeks it’s. Like each place, we’ll have a look at each choice; (normal supervisor) Scott (Fitterer) does a terrific job of that. We spend a variety of time coaching these guys on this specific offense, and we’ll simply proceed to construct off of what we accomplished.”

Regardless of the diminished depth, the Panthers needs to be having fun with a confidence enhance of their new No. 1 following their matchup towards the Payments. Mayfield seemed sharp in his restricted work Friday, going 9-of-15 passing for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

By the point Darnold heals from his ankle damage, the Panthers can have a good suggestion of how Mayfield’s triumph in August has translated to the common season.