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Baker Mayfield Injury Return Timeline Gets Major Update

Isaiah De Los Santos
Baker Mayfield's injury return timeline has received a major update.
Baker Mayfield's injury return timeline has received a major update. / (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

While the Carolina Panthers figure out their long-term future after firing Matt Rhule, there's a much more immediate issue at quarterback. Baker Mayfield suffered a significant ankle injury in Week 5, and it's been predicted that he could miss a huge chunk of time, putting Carolina in a bind with Sam Darnold also on IR.

Well, Mayfield's return timeline got a surprising update on Tuesday.

Mayfield received a second opinion on his high ankle sprain, and it's been revealed he won't need surgery to fix the damage. This less severe prognosis means he could return in 2-6 weeks, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

This is a major development for the Panthers. It was believed the former No. 1 pick could be sidelined indefinitely, but now he could be back on the field in short order.

Given Carolina's dearth of QB options right now, potentially having Mayfield back sooner rather than later is great news. PJ Walker is the only other quarterback currenly on the active roster with Darnold and rookie Matt Corral both on IR. While Walker owns a 2-0 career record, he's thrown just 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions across those two starts.

It'd be no surprise to see Carolina add another body to this QB room, but Walker appears set to serve as the starter for at least the next two games against the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds project the Panthers as big 10.5-point underodgs in Week 6 versus the Rams.

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