The Carolina Panthers are preparing to take the field Sunday without their starting quarterback.
But they haven't closed the door on Baker Mayfield leading the offense.
The Panthers announced Friday that Mayfield will be listed as doubtful for Sunday's matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Mayfield has not practiced this week due to an ankle injury, but he "was on the field without a walking boot and did some running and throwing on the side," according to the Panthers website.
If Mayfield is unable to play, PJ Walker will start. The team also elevated Jacob Eason from the practice squad to back up Walker if Mayfield can't suit up.
Mayfield has struggled during his first season in Carolina. He's completed 54.9 percent of his passes and thrown four interceptions compared to four touchdowns.
Mayfield suffered a high-ankle sprain during the Panthers' loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week. It would mark an unusually quick recovery if Mayfield is able to take the field a week later, but the former No. 1 overall draft pick has shown a willingness to endure pain in the past. He played through shoulder and knee injuries with the Browns last season.