Home | Articles | News | Former Jets QB Sam Darnold to miss ‘several weeks’ in Carolina

Former Jets QB Sam Darnold to miss ‘several weeks’ in Carolina

Sam Darnold, Panthers, Jets, Trade, Option, Contract, Injury, Return
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Getty Images

P.J. Walker will step up in Sam Darnold’s place

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold will miss “several weeks” with a fractured scapula. Carolina’s backup is veteran P.J. Walker, who is expected to start when the Panthers (4-5) travel to Glendale to battle the Arizona Cardinals (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox).

The Panthers believe that the injury was sustained during the second quarter of Week 9 action, which saw Carolina fall in an ugly 24-6 decision to the New England Patriots.

Darnold, the New York Jets‘ first pick of the 2018 draft, threw three interceptions in defeat, one of which was returned 88 yards for a touchdown by New England cornerback J.C. Jackson. He is now tied with Joe Burrow for the league lead in interceptions with 11.

All but one of Darnold’s interceptions came over the last six games, during which Carolina has gone 1-5 after a 3-0 start.

This injury assures that Darnold, in the midst of his fourth NFL season, still won’t have a full season of NFL action under his belt. His Jets career was marred by medical absences, including a separate shoulder injury that kept him out of four games last season. Darnold missed at least three games in each of his three seasons as a Jet.

New York dealt Darnold to the Panthers for three draft picks, including a second-round choice in next year’s proceedings. That pick currently sits in the 46th slot, which would be the Jets’ fourth selection if the season ended today.

In Darnold’s place will be Walker, who is best known for his lucrative endeavors in the rebooted XFL, leading the spring league in passing yardage and touchdowns while guiding the Houston Roughnecks to an undefeated record. Walker made one start with the Panthers last season, throwing for 258 yards and a score in a 20-0 win over Detroit in November.

Darnold’s former green comrades will face off against his fellow 2018 passing draftee Josh Allen on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Want More Jet X?

Subscribe to become a Jet X Member to unlock every piece of Jets X-Factor content (film breakdowns, analytics, Sabo with the Jets, etc.), get audio versions of each article, receive the ability to comment within our community, and experience an ad-free platform experience.

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Android (Google Play) device.

Sign up for Jet X Daily, our daily newsletter that's delivered to your inbox every morning at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed and/or find us on Apple News to stay updated with the New York Jets.

Follow us on X (Formerly Twitter) @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Related Articles

About the Author

More From Author

Comments

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE HERE:x
()
x