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Panthers Announce Major Starting QB Shakeup for Week 11

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Carolina Panthers have announced a major starting quarterback shakeup for their Week 11 game.
The Carolina Panthers have announced a major starting quarterback shakeup for their Week 11 game. / (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
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The Carolina Panthers' ever-changing quarterback situation this season has found some stability in recent weeks with P.J. Walker under center. He's started each of the past five games, leading the team to two of their three total wins this year during that stretch.

However, Carolina's starting QB plans have undergone a major shakeup for Week 11.

Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks announced Monday that Walker is dealing with a high-ankle sprain and will be out this Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Baker Mayfield will now serve as starter, while Sam Darnold is set to back him up.

This suddenly adds a major dose of intrigue in Carolina. Mayfield was the team's starter to begin the season, but the results were underwhelming and the Panthers went just 1-4. Then he was knocked out of the starting role with his own high-ankle sprain, which led Walker to assume QB1 duties.

Now Mayfield is back in the saddle and could challenge for the starting gig in the second half of the season. Walker hasn't lit up the box score during his stint as starter, and Mayfield even got run in the second half of Week 9 as a result of the former's struggles against Cincinnati.

Mayfield retaking the starting reigns could come down to cutting down on turnovers and proving he can manage this team to wins. Taking down a talented Ravens defense in Week 11 would certainly help build his case.

Carolina heads into Week 11 as a 10.5-point road underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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