Report: Sam Darnold not close to return from ankle injury

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Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said that he never considered pulling quarterback Baker Mayfield during Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals and that he had not given any thought to the possibility of turning to Sam Darnold as the starter once Darnold is back from a high-ankle sprain.

It looks like Rhule will have some time to ponder any and all possibilities regarding Darnold. Darnold is eligible to come off injured reserve, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Darnold is not close to being ready and that it will still be a while before he’ll be an option in Carolina.

Darnold was injured in the team’s final preseason game on August 26.

Mayfield was 22-of-36 for 197 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions in Sunday’s 26-16 loss. That represented his highest completion percentage of the year as he’d failed to reach 50 percent the previous two weeks and has gone 64-of-117 for 747 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions for the year.

10 responses to “Report: Sam Darnold not close to return from ankle injury

  1. I don’t think Matt Rhule will feel pressure to play Sam Darnold when he comes back.He’ll have already been fired.

  2. The Browns did him dirty on the way out the doo. Every other QB got offseason work, OTAs. Baker showed up 2 days before camp, the. Rhule had that QB competition, so he had to split valuable reps. As the year goes on he will get better.

  3. Matt Rhule needs to be fired and the sooner the better and Baker Mayfield has worn out his welcome in Carolina. Both are trash and need to go.

  4. I’m a fan of a rival NFC South team so it doesn’t hurt my feelings to see them circle the drain, BUT – they have really nice skill position players. They are talented up and down the roster. Well, mostly. That team should be getting 400 total yards on the regular. Atleast Jameis had the talent to USE tampas talent by throwing bombs and racking up a ton of yards. But Baker can’t even make them watchable. They can’t move the ball. It’s pathetic. I feel bad for panthers fans that they have to watch and deal with this

  5. You can’t put a Band-Aid on cancer. Time to deconstruct and reconstruct the franchise from top to bottom. When you’re trying to build around a 185lb. scatback, you’re doing it wrong. The only good thing about the Panthers now is that McCaffrey is not on the shelf … yet. Rhule was a mistake, Baker was a bigger mistake and clearly Darnold was a mistake too.

    Tepper didn’t create the issues. He inherited them, as Dave Gettleman dropped a parting gift on his way to do the same for the Giants. The fact he was given the opportunity to screw up NY after what he did in Charlotte mystifies me. As a NC native & Panthers fan, I have no idea what comes next.

  6. The box Mayfield finds himself in is that he is no better suited to be an NFL backup QB than he is to be a starter.

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