Carolina Panthers set to place quarterback Sam Darnold on IR, give starting nod to P.J. Walker

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers will location quarterback Sam Darnold on hurt reserve with a shoulder injury, which is considered to have occurred in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots.

Carolina coach Matt Rhule said Darnold is anticipated to overlook at least 4 weeks.

P.J. Walker, who performed for Rhule at Temple and starred in the XFL right before signing with Carolina final yr, will get his next NFL start on Sunday when the Panthers (4-5) participate in at Arizona (8-1).

He won his initially start final calendar year, 20-, versus the Detroit Lions.

“P.J. is listed here for the reason that I imagine in him,” said Rhule, saying his faith in the Walker has nothing at all to do with coaching him in college or university.

Darnold was a video game-time conclusion to start out Sunday’s game right after suffering a concussion and a shoulder damage in a victory about the Atlanta Falcons the week in advance of. The shoulder harm is not considered to be associated to the personal injury suffered versus New England.

An MRI this 7 days exposed Darnold had an incomplete fracture of the scapula on his appropriate (throwing) shoulder. Rhule thinks it transpired in the next quarter.

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There is one particular engage in in which Darnold took a forearm to the scapula area from Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy early in the 2nd quarter that could be the supply of the personal injury.

Neither Rhule nor Darnold indicated on Sunday the shoulder was an problem in the quarterback’s general performance in the reduction. Rhule reiterated that on Monday.

Darnold concluded the sport, completing 16 of 33 passes for 172 yards with a few interceptions and no touchdowns. 1 of his interceptions, in the 3rd quarter, was returned 88 yards for a touchdown.

“You glance at the next fifty percent he naturally was participating in with a little something,” Rhule explained on Wednesday.