Sam Darnold’s high-ankle sprain will price him at the least the primary month of the 2022 season.
The Panthers positioned Darnold on injured reserve, common supervisor Scott Fitterer instructed reporters on Thursday, and count on him to overlook 4 to 6 weeks. Darnold’s IR placement adopted the ultimate cutdown deadline, that means he can return through the 2022 season.
Fitterer instructed reporters the Panthers count on to maintain the established order at quarterback, with Baker Mayfield and P.J. Walker remaining because the workforce’s solely two lively quarterbacks.
It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how the Panthers juggle their QB depth chart as soon as Darnold is ready to return. Logically, Darnold would exchange Walker because the backup to Mayfield, though his well being would must be in an excellent place to have the ability to step right into a regular-season recreation.
Like Mayfield and Walker, Darnold is within the ultimate 12 months of his present deal. Not like Mayfield and Walker, he will not have a full season to show he is price pursuing within the offseason. In reality, if Mayfield performs properly, Darnold may not get an opportunity in any respect.
Nonetheless, based mostly on the order of quarterbacks through the preseason, it is secure to count on Darnold to return as QB2 behind Mayfield. When precisely that may occur stays to be seen.