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Posted August 27, 2022 01:25 PM

A tough week only got tougher for Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold on Friday night. So, hopefully, Saturday morning doesn’t bring any more bad news for the newly anointed backup.

A tough week only got tougher for Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold on Friday night. So, hopefully, Saturday morning doesn’t bring any more bad news for the newly anointed backup.

The early prognosis for Darnold, according to ESPN’s David Newton, is a high-ankle sprain. If that is indeed the case for the 25-year-old, such an injury would typically take four to six weeks to heal.

Darnold missed five games last year, in his first season with the Panthers, upon fracturing his right shoulder blade in a 24-6 loss to the New England Patriots. That caused the team to go out and sign Cam Newton—a prospect that was once again mentioned to head coach Matt Rhule following the Friday’s exhibition outing.

This time, however, the Panthers seem firmly set on allowing Baker Mayfield to be their guy under center. Mayfield impressed in his second serving of preseason work, completing nine of his 15 throws for 89 yards and two touchdowns on the Bills’ second-team defense.

Now, it’s just a matter of who will be backing Mayfield up—something Darnold may not be able to do in kicking off this all-important 2022 campaign.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter Has Injury Update For Sam Darnold

During Friday night's preseason showdown between the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers, backup quarterback Sam Darnold suffered an ankle injury.

Darnold had to be carted off the field in the third quarter. The replay of his injury was hard to watch.

Even though it looked as if Darnold suffered a devastating ankle injury, the latest update on his status is encouraging.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Darnold is dealing with a high ankle sprain. He'll undergo an MRI this Saturday to determine the severity of the sprain.

Usually, players miss around four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was unwilling to share a timetable for Darnold's return.

"We'll have to wait and see,'' Rhule said, via ESPN. "Sam's a tough kid. He usually comes back really quickly. I'd say nothing's off the table.''

Darnold is expected to be the backup quarterback for the Panthers this season. Baker Mayfield, meanwhile, will be the starter.

With Matt Corral already out for the season with a Lisfranc injury, the Panthers can't really afford to lose another quarterback for an extended period of time.

How long will Panthers QB Sam Darnold be out for after ankle injury?

Having lost rookie third-round draft pick Matt Corral for the season, the Panthers are now sweating on number two QB Sam Darnold.

Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold was carted off the field after sustaining a left ankle injury in the third quarter of the Panthers’ preseason finale against the visiting Buffalo Bills on Friday. The injury to Darnold provides a headache for the Panthers, who last week lost another quarterback, rookie third-round draft pick Matt Corral, to a foot injury that will keep him out all year.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said postgame that he heard from his medical staff that it “sounds like it’s not a fracture” but that Darnold would undergo further testing.

Darnold was in the process of throwing an incomplete pass when Bills defensive tackle C.J. Brewer pulled the quarterback down, causing Darnold’s left ankle to twist unnaturally under Brewer’s weight.

The injury ends a preseason in which Darnold lost a battle for the Panthers’ starting job to Baker Mayfield.

All on Mayfield as Panthers prepare for Week 1

On Friday, Mayfield played Carolina’s first four offensive series, throwing two touchdown passes. He completed 9 of 15 passes for 89 yards.

Darnold entered in the second quarter and connected on 5 of 11 passes for 49 yards. He also ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

The Panthers led 21-0 at the time of Darnold’s exit, and that proved to be the final score.

Darnold, 25, broke into the NFL with the New York Jets, who made him the third overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Southern California. He went 13-25 in three years as the Jets’ primary starter, then was traded to Carolina in April 2021.

Last season, Darnold finished 4-7 as a starter for the Panthers, connecting on 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,527 yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 12 overall games.

In 50 career NFL games (49 starts), Darnold has a 59.8 percent completion rate for 10,624 yards, 54 touchdowns and 52 interceptions.


Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold might miss some time after suffering an injury Friday night.

During the 21-0 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills, the young QB suffered an ankle injury during the third quarter and had to be carted off.

ESPN reported late Friday night it’s believed Darnold, who lost the QB battle to Baker Mayfield, has a high ankle sprain and will get an MRI at some point Saturday to see just how bad it is.

High ankle sprains can be notoriously difficult to recover from, and if it’s extremely bad, Darnold could be out for an extended period of time.

ESPN puts the timeline for recovery between four and six weeks if it’s a standard high ankle sprain.

The good news for the Panthers is missing Darnold for more than a month doesn’t really impact the team’s plans moving forward.

He was relegated to the QB2 role after losing the starting job to Baker Mayfield. So, the franchise can keep chugging along without any issues as Sam Darnold heals up.

Hopefully, he’s back as quickly as possible and it’s not a very serious high ankle sprain. You never want to see anyone get hurt, especially with the kind of injury that just nags and nags.

Cam Newton Return ‘Too Early’ to Consider After Sam Darnold Injury, Says Panthers HC

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule isn't yet ready to pursue a reunion with Cam Newton despite the team's quarterback depth already getting put to the test.

Rhule didn't rule out the idea, though.

"[General manager Scott Fitterer] and I will talk about that," he told reporters Friday. "Obviously, Cam would have to weigh in on that. There’d be a lot of things that we’d have to look at. You guys know my feelings on Cam. My time with him was fantastic. But probably too early right now to say much about that."

The Panthers placed rookie QB Matt Corral on injured reserve after he suffered a Lisfranc injury that will rule him out for his rookie year. Then NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Sam Darnold may have suffered a high-ankle sprain.

As a result, Carolina may need to add another quarterback ahead of the regular season.

While he didn't close the door on Newton, one couldn't blame Rhule for being a bit lukewarm on the idea of signing him again.

The three-time Pro Bowler initially had a homecoming straight from a storybook in 2021 as he scored touchdowns with his first two touches in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. Over time, the bloom came off the rose, though.

In eight appearances with the team, Newton threw for 684 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 230 yards and five touchdowns on 47 carries.

Unlike last year, though, the Panthers wouldn't be adding the 33-year-old with an eye toward starting him for any stretch of games. Rhule confirmed what many expected when he named Baker Mayfield the starter for Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.

Newton would arguably be an upgrade over P.J. Walker. Through two years in Carolina, Walker has thrown for 730 yards, two touchdowns and eight interceptions.

As a backup who can be utilized in a situational role, Newton would make sense as a short-term solution to the Panthers' injury problems at quarterback.

Sam Darnold Carted Off Field After Suffering Gruesome Injury

Quarterback Sam Darnold of the Carolina Panthers suffered a devastating lower leg injury in a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills on Friday.

Sam Darnold was taken off the field on a cart after suffering a nasty-looking injury on this play.

Darnold is seen being tackled to the ground by a Bills defender, where he appears to get his left leg twisted underneath him. He was carted off of the field after the play.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Darnold is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. (RELATED: Bills Punter Matt Araiza Accused Of Gang-Raping 17-Year-Old Girl)

This injury comes at a bad time for Carolina. Last week, in the Panthers’ preseason matchup against the New England Patriots, backup quarterback Matt Corral suffered a season-ending Lisfranc tear in his left foot, according to ESPN.

Because of the way Carolina’s roster is currently constructed, P.J. Walker, is the only other healthy quarterback on the team to backup Baker Mayfield. Darnold’s injury places the Panthers in a difficult situation the position heading into the NFL regular season.

Darnold was vying for the starting quarterback position all throughout training camp before head coach Matt Rhule declared Mayfield as the team’s starter last Monday. Simply put, this was a bad week for Darnold — hopefully, he can come back strong.

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