Panthers operating as if Sam Darnold is done for year, Cam Newton to have chance to start in '22

The Carolina Panthers are moving forward with the thought process that QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) will not play again this season and will give Cam Newton a chance to be the starter in 2022.

Fantasy Impact: 

According to Schefter, one source said the Panthers "know Sam is out for the season", leading to the Panthers giving the contract they did to Newton, which includes incentives for playoff wins. He also has a chance to grab hold of the Panthers' starting QB job in 2022. PJ Walker will start today against the Cardinals while Newton gets up to speed, potentially making his official return to the Panthers' lineup next week against his former coach, Ron Rivera, and the Washington Football Team.

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