Panthers place Sam Darnold on IR

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Sam Darnold is going to be out for at least four weeks after suffering an incomplete fracture of the scapula in his throwing shoulder.

But with the re-signing of Cam Newton, it’s unlikely Darnold will start another game for the Panthers this year.

Darnold has been placed on injured reserve, Carolina announced on Friday. He’s eligible to return to the 53-man roster after a three-week stint on the list.

The Panthers traded a 2021 sixth-round pick plus 2022 second- and fourth-round picks to the Jets for Darnold back in April. The quarterback started the season well, throwing for 888 yards with three touchdowns and one pick while also rushing for three TDs as Carolina started 3-0.

But things have fallen apart with the Panthers losing five of their last six games. Darnold is now tied for the league lead with 11 interceptions and is 31st among 33 qualified QBs with a 71.3 passer rating. Only rookies Zach Wilson and Justin Fields are worse in the category.

Darnold has completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,986 yards with seven touchdowns. He’s also fumbled six times, losing two of them.

Because the Panthers picked up Darnold’s fifth-year option, they still owe him $18.858 million guaranteed in 2022. But given the quarterback’s lack of success, there’s little chance Darnold will be back to earn it as Carolina’s starter next season.

6 responses to “Panthers place Sam Darnold on IR

  1. “Because the Panthers picked up Darnold’s fifth-year option, they still owe him $18.858 million guaranteed in 2022.”

    Ouch. That’s a lot for a guy who is no more than a backup at best and a 3rd stringer at worst

  2. Cashing in those big bucks holding that clipboard is way easier than getting smashed around into the ground with all those sacks n being called a bum … so sure the guy does not mind at all considering all the facts when off he goes on his latest bank run.

  3. Sam Darnold was a huge gamble for the Panthers to take on a QB that has never shown any promise of being an NFL QB… With all the questions on Darnold as a starting QB why they would pick up his fifth-year option was a bad business decision. Even before the injury, Sam Darnold was bad and all the pressure was put on Christain with Cam 100% healthy with a healthy MCM the Panthers are a really good football team that has the #2 defense in the NFL. The Panthers’ offense is probably the best that Cam Newton has ever had at the skilled positions in his career.

  4. Gase ruins players, but this guy just couldn’t play if you watched him in NY. He’s a backup.

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