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The Panthers lost their rookie Quarterback Matt Corral to an injury likely ending his season Head Coach Matt Rhule is not yet able to name a starter

Panthers lose rookie quarterback Matt Corral to ESPN, Rhule still not naming a starter

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Rookie quarterback Matt Corral of the Carolina Panthers injured his foot against the New England Patriots on Friday and had to leave the game in a walking boot.

Reports have suggested that Corral’s season is over due to a Lisfranc ligament injury in his left foot, which was confirmed by an MRI on Saturday, according to head coach Matt Rhule.

Matt Rhule comments on Matt Corral’s injury as follows: pic.twitter.com/uCLLNdh8UM August 20, 2022 — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP)

I feel so bad for him,” Rhule cried. “It breaks my heart every time one of our guys gets hurt. In addition, I thought he was playing quite well. As someone who is familiar with Matt’s tenacity, I am confident that he will put in the necessary effort this year to develop as a quarterback while also tending to his injured foot. Maybe in the future he’ll be able to look back and see it as a blessing, but right now I really feel bad for him.

Drafted in the third round out of Mississippi, Corral was never expected to challenge Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold for the starting quarterback position. However, Corral’s first season in the NFL will be stunted by the injury, eliminating any hope of him making an NFL field in 2022.

Mayfield is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job, but Rhule has yet to make a decision. Despite calling Friday’s game against the Patriots a “litmus test” for making a decision, Rhule did not comment on the position on Saturday.

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Against the Patriots, neither Mayfield nor Darnold saw any action.

On Saturday, when asked to name a starting lineup, Rhule said, “Not yet.” Right now I haven’t done much to get ready besides watching this tape, if that tells you anything. To reiterate what I’ve always said, “when we know, we know,” and “we’ll announce something when the time is right.”

The Panthers’ depth chart features not only Mayfield and Darnold, but also P.J. Walker, a third-year quarterback. Walker appeared in five games for the Panthers in 2017, including a start in Week 10’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals. On September 11th, the Panthers’ regular season kicks off against the Cleveland Browns.