Panthers’ Darnold exits on cart with injured ankle

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers backup quarterback Sam Darnold, who misplaced the beginning job to Baker Mayfield earlier within the week, left Friday’s preseason finale towards Buffalo on a golf cart after struggling a left ankle harm late within the third quarter.

The crew stated he wouldn’t return.

It was the second time in per week the Panthers misplaced a quarterback in a preseason recreation. Third-round choose Matt Corral suffered a season-ending Lisfranc tear in final Friday’s preseason loss at New England.

If Darnold’s harm is critical the Panthers could be down to 2 quarterbacks, Mayfield and former XFL star P.J. Walker, heading into the Sept. 11 opener towards the Cleveland Browns.

The Panthers deliberate to maintain three quarterbacks earlier in camp, with Corral anticipated to be the third behind Mayfield and Darnold. Corral’s harm modified the mindset to preserving two, however Darnold’s harm might power one other adjustment.

Darnold was hit from behind by Buffalo defensive sort out C.J. Brewer whereas operating to his proper to throw the ball away. Brewer’s physique appeared to roll over Darnold’s ankle.

Darnold stayed down for a number of minutes earlier than being helped right into a golf cart.

Mayfield began and accomplished 9 of 15 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns in 1 / 4 and a half for a passer score of 116.4. Darnold was 5-for-11 for 48 yards. He additionally had a 1-yard landing run within the third quarter to make it 21-0.

The Panthers acquired Darnold final 12 months in a commerce with the New York Jets. He went 4-7 because the starter in 2021.

Carolina acquired Mayfield in a July commerce with Cleveland, which moved on from the 2018 first general choose after buying Deshaun Watson from Houston.

Mayfield and Darnold, the third choose of the 2018 draft, had what the crew referred to as an open competitors for the beginning job that turned Mayfield’s on Monday.

Carolina additionally noticed kicker Zane Gonzalez depart on a cart with a groin harm suffered whereas kicking into the online on the sideline. Gonzalez suffered a season-ending quad harm final 12 months at Buffalo in December.

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