Panthers' HC Announces QB Starter For Sunday

Carolina Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks announced on Wednesday that quarterback P.J. Walker will start for their club against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, according to NFL Insider Jonathan Jones.  

This is the second week in a row that Walker will start for the Panthers as signal-caller Baker Mayfield continues to sit the sidelines after suffering a leg injury in Week 5. Wilks also made headlines this week after publicly declaring a quarterback controversy in Carolina even when Mayfield returns. 

Sam Darnold, who was released from his club's IR designation on Wednesday after suffering a high ankle sprain in early September, is still rehabbing his injury and it is undetermined when he will be healthy to step foot on the field. 

Wilks stated that Jacob Eason will backup Walker for another week, via The Athletic's Joe Person

Walker threw for just 60 yards in last week's 24-10 loss against the Los Angeles Rams and the Panthers currently rank dead last in the NFC South at 1-5. A definite spark is needed and it is unclear if Walker can provide that, especially against an elite Buccaneers defense. 

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