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Baker Mayfield Gets Good News After Receiving Second Opinion On Ankle Injury

Baker Mayfield, Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have been in the news lately, but for all of the wrong reasons. 

However, just a day after the team fired head coach Matt Rhule, the Panthers received promising news Tuesday. 

A second opinion on quarterback Baker Mayfield's ankle confirmed no major damage. 

"Baker Mayfield received second opinions on his high ankle sprain that confirmed there's no major damage and no surgery needed, per sources," Tom Pelissero reported early Tuesday. "He's not going on IR as of now, leaving open the possibility he could be back within four games."

Pelissero followed up by stating Mayfield's pain tolerance is high, and that he expects him to return to football as soon as possible. 

Playing through injuries is not new for Baker, as he received both praise and criticism for suiting up in 2021 while dealing with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. 

Injured or not, Panthers fans are looking for more out of their new quarterback. Through 5 games this season, Mayfield is completing a career low 54.9% of passes and ranks among the worst starting quarterbacks with a 16.6 QBR.