Panthers backup quarterback Sam Darnold and kicker Zane Gonzalez have been each carted off the sphere within the third quarter of Carolina’s preseason sport Friday evening in opposition to the Buffalo Payments.
Darnold’s left ankle twisted awkwardly after Payments defensive sort out C.J. Brewer landed on him because the quarterback was releasing the ball.
A number of Panthers gamers ran over to Darnold as he was helped onto the cart. Payments quarterback Josh Allen, a very good pal of Darnold’s, additionally ran onto the sphere to supply encouragement.
Darnold didn’t return to the sport.
Darnold was 5 of 11 for 49 yards and ran for a 1-yard landing to provide Carolina a 21-0 lead.
Earlier within the week, Panthers coach Matt Rhule introduced Baker Mayfield because the starter over Darnold, who was 4-7 final season as Carolina’s starter.
That is the second straight week the Panthers have misplaced a quarterback to an harm in a preseason sport.
Final week rookie Matt Corral, the crew’s third-round draft decide, suffered a season-ending harm when he tore a ligament in his foot in a 20-10 loss to the New England Patriots.
If Darnold is out any important period of time, PJ Walker would presumably be Mayfield’s backup.
Darnold’s harm got here simply minutes after Gonzalez was carted to the locker room with a groin harm. Gonzalez was injured whereas warming up on the sideline on the moist area. Punter Johnny Hekker transformed the PAT on Darnold’s landing.
Reporting by Related Press.
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