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Sam Darnold questionable to play Week 9

We break down the news that Sam Darnold is listed as questionable with a concussion and shoulder injury.

Sam Darnold #14 of the Carolina Panthers walks across the field in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Friday update: Darnold has a chance to play this week if he can be cleared of his concussion, but he also is dealing with a shoulder injury. Rhule also said that Darnold could be the backup quarterback in the game as well.

Thursday update: Darnold was once again listed as a limited participant in practice on Thursday with both a concussion and shoulder injury. Mike Giardi of the NFL Network reports that the shoulder is more of a concern right now than the concussion.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold was limited at practice on Wednesday and still in the concussion protocol, per Steve Reed. Reed adds that head coach Matt Rhule does not know if Darnold would be ready to play on Sunday.

Fantasy football implications

Darnold suffered a concussion in the team’s 19-13 win against the Atlanta Falcons last week. The veteran quarterback suffered the injury on a running play, which led the Panthers to call in backup quarterback PJ Walker. The former USC quarterback ended the game with 129 passing and 66 rushing yards.

This season has been a roller coaster ride for Darnold, who started out on fire the first three games of the season. But then quickly cooled off as the Panthers were in the midst of a five game losing skid. If Darnold does not play, then Carolina’s offense should be in okay shape with P.J. Walker. Walker completed 3-of-14 passes for 33 yards in Week 7 against the Giants after Darnold was benched.