Carolina Panthers plan to start QB Sam Darnold vs. New England Patriots, source says

The Carolina Panthers plan for quarterback Sam Darnold to start Sunday against the New England Patriots barring any pregame setbacks, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Darnold is officially listed as questionable because of a shoulder injury. He also suffered a concussion last week against the Atlanta Falcons but cleared the concussion protocol Saturday.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule told reporters Friday that Darnold was considered a game-time decision against New England, saying Carolina must “prepare for all contingencies and expect the unexpected.”

PJ Walker took most of the reps with the first-team offense in practice this week and would replace Darnold under center if the former No. 3 overall draft pick is unable to play.

Walker replaced Darnold in the fourth quarter against Atlanta but has struggled in limited action this season, completing just 3 of 15 passes.

After getting off to a fast start this season with the Panthers, Darnold has also struggled lately, throwing four touchdowns and seven interceptions over Carolina’s past five games.

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