No more tossing and turning for Robby Anderson. The Panthers receiver is about to get some much-needed beauty sleep. Less than a week after Anderson seemed to allege that Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold was crashing his dreams, the receiver finds himself with a new teammate to play pitch and catch with on Sundays.
Late Tuesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport broke news that Darnold the QB snore will likely miss significant time because of a shoulder injury.
After two days of testing, exams revealed that #Panthers QB Sam Darnold has a fractured scapula, sources say. The right shoulder injury will most likely lead to Darnold missing several weeks. PJ Walker, his backup, will step in.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2021
Per Rapoport, “After two days of testing, exams revealed that Panthers QB Sam Darnold has a fractured scapula, sources say. The right should injury will most likely lead to Darnold missing several week.”
PJ Walker, whose NFL career consists of 368 yards, one start, one touchdown and five interceptions, is slated to start for Carolina while Darnold is sidelined. Veteran Matt Barkley, who has spent the last couple of seasons bouncing between Buffalo’s active roster and the Tennessee practice squad, was signed for added quarterback depth.
Reports suggest that Darnold was originally injured in the Week Eight win over Atlanta and that he then aggravated the shoulder in Sunday’s loss to New England. The cranky shoulder is likely at least partially to blame for his nightmarish start to the season. Through nine games, he’s thrown 11 interceptions and just seven touchdowns while completing less than 60% of his throws.
Once healthy, Darnold may want to consider lining up elsewhere in the Panthers’ backfield. He’s already rushed for a career-high five touchdowns, which is three more than the next closest Panther (Chuba Hubbard) and four more than superstar running back Christian McCaffrey.
Don’t sleep on the idea.
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