The Carolina Panthers will once again make a quarterback change, announcing this week that Sam Darnold will start Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Darnold would be the third different quarterback in as many weeks to start under the Panthers position, after Baker Mayfield started in Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens.
PJ Walker started at QB in Weeks 6-10, going 2-3 before suffering an ankle injury.
Mayfield, who beat out Darnold in training camp after being acquired in an unofficial deal with the Cleveland Browns, told reporters Wednesday that his future at Carolina is uncertain.
“There’s a lot up in the air for the future here, so I really don’t know,” Mayfield said. “I do what I can, what I can control. I know how my colleagues feel about me and how I have handled things here. So, I can leave with my head held high understanding that I did everything I could.”
Mayfield started the first five games of the 2022 season for the Panthers, going 1-4 before suffering a sprained ankle, causing him to miss several games.
Against the Ravens, Mayfield threw for only 196 yards and no touchdowns, as he was picked off twice in the fourth quarter of the 13-3 loss.
“It’s been a crazy year,” Mayfield said. “There are a lot of strange things going on [at quarterback around the league]. . . . The quarterback room pretty much handled it the best way it could, rolling with the punches. We just do what we’re told. ”
Darnold missed the first 10 weeks of the season with a sprained ankle after starting in 11 games last year.
“I’m excited to play football,” Darnold said, according to The Charlotte Observer. “I’m excited to be able to go out and play with the guys. The most important thing for me is to play consistently, and take what they give me. I think that’s going to be kind of the story for Sunday, and I’m excited to go out there and do what I can to help this team win.”
It was a tumultuous season for the Panthers, who fired head coach Matt Rule five games into the regular season.