Source — Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold has an incomplete scapula fracture

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold has an incomplete fracture of his right shoulder blade and is likely to miss several weeks with the injury, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

The Panthers believe the injury came in the second quarter of the team’s 24-6 loss on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Darnold threw three interceptions in the loss, including one returned 88 yards from JC Jackson for a touchdown when he missed tight end Ian Thomas, who was wide open.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said on Monday that Darnold reported pain in his shoulder after the game and was sent for an MRI.

Darnold, acquired by the Panthers in an off-season trade with the New York Jets, has thrown 10 interceptions in the past six games, five of them losing. He is tied with Joe Burrow for the NFL lead with 11 interceptions this season.

PJ Walker will replace Darnold as the team’s starting quarterback, starting with Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Panthers announced Tuesday that they planned to take veteran quarterback Matt Barkley off the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad, pending a physical.

In nine games this season, Darnold has thrown 1,986 yards with seven touchdowns, completing 59.5% of his passing attempts. He also has five hasty touchdowns.

The Panthers are 4-5 after starting the season 3-0.

News of Darnold’s injury was first reported by NFL Network.

David Newton of ESPN contributed to this report.


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