Panthers’ Sam Darnold getting MRI on shoulder ahead of Cardinals game

Nov 8, 2021, 10:55 AM

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is getting an MRI on his shoulder, head coach Matt Rhule told reporters on Monday.

Rhule added the focus is on Darnold’s health and that if he can’t go, backup P.J. Walker would get the start when the Panthers face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10.

It’s been a rocky 2021 for Darnold and the Panthers to say the least.

After watching his team get out to a 3-0 start to the season, Carolina has come crashing back down to reality, losing five of its last six games.

Darnold has completing 59.5% of his passes for 1,986 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He’s on pace to toss 20 picks to just 12 touchdowns and has been sacked 22 times.

The quarterback was also a factor in the team’s rushing attack early on, compiling five scores on the ground through the first four games, but hasn’t found pay dirt since in that regard.

The Cardinals have yet to face Darnold since he entered the league in 2018. They did, however, play against Darnold’s New York Jets squad in 2020 when the signal caller was out with a shoulder injury. In his place was Joe Flacco, who threw a touchdown in the lopsided loss.

As for Walker, the signal caller has played in three games in 2021, completing three of his 15 passes (20%) for 33 yards. He also added 12 yards on two carries.

The Panthers aren’t the only ones heading into the matchup banged up following last week’s games.

The news of Darnold’s MRI comes after it was reported Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds is feared to have suffered a high ankle sprain that could warrant a stint on the injured reserve.

Edmonds left Sunday’s action after the first play from scrimmage and did not return.

The Cardinals take on the Panthers on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Listen to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station throughout the week for extended Cardinals coverage.

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(AP Photo/Tony Avelar) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, top, jumps against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. (7) and safety Budda Baker, bottom, before fumbling the ball, which was recovered by the Cardinals, during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tavon Wilson, left, and defensive back Emmanuel Moseley, right, defend a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals tight end Darrell Daniels during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) is pressured by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Inactive Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray throws a pass on the sideline before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with Antoine Wesley #85 after running for a touchdown during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) celebrates with guard Max Garcia (73) after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) recovers a fumble by San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, rear, during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tavon Wilson, left, and defensive back Emmanuel Moseley (4) defend a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals tight end Darrell Daniels (81) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches from the sideline during the first half of his team's NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) fumbles the ball, which was recovered by the Arizona Cardinals, during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz, left, runs against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Former San Francisco 49ers player Bryant Young waves during a ceremony for his induction into the team's Hall of Fame during halftime of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner, middle, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) An official gets between San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman, left, and Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Humphries during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) runs toward the end zone to score against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Inactive Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin (26) runs past San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga, left, and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to score during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) catches a touchdown pass against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford, left, and free safety Jalen Thompson (34) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin, right, celebrates with quarterback Colt McCoy after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin (26) runs toward the end zone to score against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury watches from the sideline during the first half of his team's NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Hamilton (33) celebrates with safety Budda Baker (3) and teammates after Baker intercepted a pass by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, left, tackles San Francisco 49ers running back JaMycal Hasty during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker, right, returns an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks off the field after the 49ers were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, second from left, and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, foreground right, gesture from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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