It is safe to say that things are not going well for the Carolina Panthers. On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers handed the NFC South squad a 22-point loss and pushed them further away from the division leader. Making matters worse, the team’s starting quarterback, Baker Mayfield, suffered an ankle injury in the second half and was unable to return. When he spoke to reporters after the game, Mayfield was wearing a walking boot.
“A little painful right now,” Mayfield said about his ankle injury.
“I’m not real sure exactly what it is. We’ll examine that tomorrow and find out. So right now I’m managing the pain and learning to step in the boot.”
P.J. Walker stepped in for Mayfield and finished the game with five completions for 60 yards. However, he was unable to do much to remedy the situation as the Panthers were down by more than three touchdowns by the time he stepped onto the field. Moving forward, it is unclear if Walker will take over as the starter in Week 6 as Mayfield recovers from his ankle injury. Regardless of what happens in the immediate future, Mayfield remains confident that he will be the team’s starting quarterback as the season unfolds.
“I’m confident with where I’m at,” Mayfield told reporters.
“I haven’t played well enough, obviously. There’s a lot of ball left. We have to get it fixed. That’s how I’m wired. I don’t live in the past. I live in the moment. Figure it out and move forward.”
The Panthers will take on the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium next Sunday. Carolina will provide more details regarding Mayfield’s status as the game nears.