Report: Sam Darnold is expected to miss 4-6 weeks

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Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold avoided a season-ending injury on Friday night, but he’s set to miss a chunk of time after hurting his ankle.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Darnold is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after suffering a high-ankle sprain against the Bills. He will get a second opinion before embarking on his road back to action.

There were fears of a more severe injury when Darnold had to be carted off the field, but both the initial diagnosis and Saturday’s MRI were more positive. The injury will still force the Panthers to shift plans at the quarterback spot.

With rookie Matt Corral out for the year with a Lisfranc injury, the Panthers were expected to keep Darnold as the only backup to Baker Mayfield. The timeline for his recovery points to a stint on injured reserve to kick off the year and that will likely give P.J. Walker a chance to stick around. Darnold will have to be on the initial 53-man roster in order to be eligible to return, so that will force the team to cut a player they may have been planning to keep going into Friday night.

20 responses to “Report: Sam Darnold is expected to miss 4-6 weeks

  1. His career is winding down fast. Will the team reach an injury settlement and let him go ?

  2. Sadly, good luck for this kid is only missing 4-6 weeks. Wishing Sam Darnold a speedy and full recovery!!

  3. Honestly have to watch in the video he’s very lucky that looked like a season ending injury

  4. I’m a professional having done both ankles more then once. Last time a cast for three months so Darnold isnt all that bad with 4 weeks.
    I have bad news for him, these are recurring injuries in that you never heal 100%. Thus many people will do this often and it doesnt take much to do it either.
    He wasnt going anywhere with his career anyways.

  5. P.J. Walker deserved a chance to compete for QB1. Every time he’s called into action, he plays well.

  6. Damn this is sad as hell for him. I loved the kid when he was on the Jets but he was never the same after seeing Ghosts. Hopefully he can recover and be a clip holder for another team

  7. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    August 27, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    His career is winding down fast…
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    — as fast as it wound up.

  8. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    August 27, 2022 at 2:28 pm
    His career is winding down fast. Will the team reach an injury settlement and let him go ?
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    Why would he want to negotiate an injury settlement? He’s in the last year of his contract and it’s fully guaranteed. He’s templated to be the backup. That sounds like a lot of recovery time… the entire season.

  9. To the “surgeon” above who said “his career wasn’t going anywhere”. Even as a backup I bet he makes more than you. That’s going places in life, even if you’re holding a clipboard. Kind of a dumb take on your part surgeon.

  10. ImaPayne says:
    August 27, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    I have bad news for him, these are recurring injuries in that you never heal 100%.
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    Busting both of my ankles playing varsity basketball back in high school, I can attest to this statement. It’s been almost 50 years and not only did they never fully get back to 100%, they are both fragile as glass and re-spraining has been chronic. And as an old man, of course, these days I can feel the soreness any time I choose to stop ignoring it.

    Like it or not, Darnold just lost at least a half a step in his scrambling speed.

  11. He has shown flashes of talent & hopefully he can recover & at least carve out a nice career as a backup ..

  12. Why would they have to cut a player they were going to keep. Cut Walker like originally planned and then re-sign him when Darnold goes on IR.
    I doubt Walker is going to jump to another team’s practice squad instead of returning to the Panthers.

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