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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Monday that he'll continue to play both Cam Newton and P.J. Walker going forward. Newton was yanked for Walker a couple of times in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, and Rhule is making it sound like that was the plan and not performance related. Newton ended up playing 75% of Carolina's offensive snaps in Week 14. This plan, of course, puts a serious dent in Newton's fantasy value.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said after Sunday's game against the Falcons that QB Cam Newton is still his starter. Newton was benched on 2 separate occasions in the loss. He threw an INT and lost a fumble, although he did run for 47 yards and a score. QB P.J. Walker wasn't any better, completing just 6 of 12 passes with 1 TD and 1 INT. Newton will be tough to trust in Week 15 fantasy lineups with the Panthers so willing to give him the hook.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Friday that QB Cam Newton "will take the first play" vs. Washington on Sunday. Cool. But Rhule also said QB P.J. Walker will "probably" play, as well. Not cool. We'll look for more details on Carolina's plan. But Newton would be tough to get behind even in Superflex leagues and DFS if he's not going to play 100% of the snaps.

2:40pm EST 11/14/21

Panthers QB Cam Newton is active for today's game vs. the Cardinals. QB P.J. Walker will start, but Newton could mix in for a few plays. It's obviously a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Panthers HC Matt Rhule confirmed that QB P.J. Walker will start this weekend's game vs. the Cardinals, despite the addition of QB Cam Newton. Newton spent his first 9 NFL seasons in Carolina -- but none of those came with this current coaching staff. So he has a brand new offense to learn. We'll see if Newton is ready to take over come Week 11. The Panthers reportedly gave him a 1-year contract worth up to $10 million with $4.5 million guaranteed, so they're clearly expecting him to play sooner than later.

The Panthers brass is set to meet with free-agent QB Cam Newton on Thursday, according to The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Alexander. Carolina is expected to be without QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) for the next 4-6 weeks. Newton would be an upgrade over QB P.J. Walker -- and an upgrade over the Darnold we've gotten the past month. We'll see where this goes.

Panthers QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) will be placed on IR and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, HC Matt Rhule said Wednesday. Darnold's injury is not believed to be season-ending, Rhule added, but he can be dropped in all 1-QB fantasy leagues. QB P.J. Walker is slated to start while Darnold is out, with QB Matt Barkley backing him up.

Tests have revealed a fractured scapula in the right shoulder of Panthers QB Sam Darnold, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Darnold is expected to miss "several weeks" with the injury, which Tom Pelissero reports is an "incomplete" fracture. P.J. Walker figures to step in, and Carolina also added Matt Barkley this week. A struggling Panthers offense isn't looking up.

Panthers QB Sam Darnold is considered "day to day" with a shoulder injury after a Monday MRI, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. HC Matt Rhule wouldn't commit to a Week 10 starting QB when asked Monday. “I’d have to see him on Wednesday and see. What does his health look like?," Rhule said of Darnold. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but neither Darnold nor QB P.J. Walker should be in your Week 10 fantasy plans.

Panthers QB Sam Darnold has cleared the concussion protocol. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that he's still a game-time decision for Sunday against the Patriots, though, because of the shoulder injury. P.J. Walker would start if Darnold can't go. We're hoping you don't need either for your fantasy football lineups.

Update: ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Darnold is "expected to start."

Updating a previous item, Panthers QB Sam Darnold (concussion, shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots. QB P.J. Walker is in line to make his 2nd career start. He went 24-of-34 for 258 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs in a Week 11 start vs. the Lions last year. Walker has gone 3-for-15 for 33 yards in relief of Darnold this season. As poorly as Darnold has played lately, Walker will likely be a downgrade for this offense.

Panthers QB Sam Darnold (concussion, shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Patriots. He was limited in practice all week. HC Matt Rhule said Friday that Darnold still has the clear the concussion protocol and that the shoulder injury is as big an issue as the concussion. We're still expecting QB P.J. Walker to get the start this weekend, but we'll keep you updated on the situation.

Panthers QB Sam Darnold (concussion, shoulder) remained limited in Thursday's practice. NFL Network's Mike Giardi hears that Darnold's shoulder injury is as much of a concern as the concussion. We continue to expect QB P.J. Walker to start Sunday's game vs. the Patriots.

Panthers QB Sam Darnold was officially limited in Wednesday's practice with a concussion and shoulder injury. HC Matt Rhule said Darnold was "extremely limited," which doesn't make it sound like he'll be ready for Sunday's game vs. the Patriots. Look for QB P.J. Walker to start that one.

3:35pm EDT 10/24/21

Panthers QB Sam Darnold was benched in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Giants. He struggled again in this one, completing 16 of 25 passes for 111 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. QB P.J. Walker will finish this one out for Carolina. We'll see what HC Matt Rhule does at QB next week.

Update: Rhule told reporters after the game that he made the switch seeking a spark and that Darnold remains the starting QB. Walker certainly didn't do anything to help himself, completing just 3 of 14 passes for 33 yards and producing an even lower QB rating (39.6 vs. 57.2).

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Monday that he expects QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) to practice Wednesday. That would suggest Bridgewater is trending toward playing against the Vikings in Week 12. Bridgewater nearly made the active roster for Sunday's win over the Lions but was a late scratch. P.J. Walker threw for 258 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs on 70.6% passing in Bridgewater's place. Walker would presumably start if Bridgewater's knee isn't ready by Sunday.

The Panthers will start QB P.J. Walker today against the Lions. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Carolina decided to deactivate Teddy Bridgewater after initially saying he'd be on the active roster for the game. Walker is an intriguing dual-threat athlete but shouldn't be used outside DFS and deep multi-QB leagues.

Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater "got in some practice work today and it went well," according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. That has the team optimistic he'll play against the Lions on Sunday, as long as his injured knee responds will overnight. It reportedly remains a "true game-time decision."

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that it's "still an uphill battle" for Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater to get his injured knee ready for Sunday's game against the Lions and that it's looking like a game-time decision. It's not yet clear whether P.J. Walker or Will Grier would start in his place. So avoid Panthers QBs this week if you can.

Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is now "unlikely" to play against the Lions on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It sounds like the start of the practice week hasn't gone too well for Teddy. We're expecting QB P.J. Walker to get the start for Carolina, although there was a report from ESPN that Walker and QB Will Grier could split snaps. It's a situation to avoid in Week 11 fantasy lineups. WRs Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel need to be downgraded.

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