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Panthers place Sam Darnold on injured reserve

Sam Darnold

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers placed quarterback Sam Darnold on injured reserve Friday.

Darnold was going to miss at least four weeks with a shoulder injury, so placing him on IR was the natural next step.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said earlier this week that he didn't think the injury was necessarily season-ending, and was likely in the four-to-six week range.

The Panthers plan to start P.J. Walker Sunday against the Cardinals, with just-acquired Matt Barkley and Cam Newton in reserve.

They also adjusted the practice squad, bringing in linebacker Josh Watson. He spent two years with the Broncos (2019-2020), and was on the Chargers practice squad earlier this season.

To make room for Watson on the practice squad, they released quarterback James Morgan.

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