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Sports Columnist Offers New Insight On Baker Mayfield's Ankle Injury

Baker Mayfield, Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers might be without their starting quarterback in Week 6 after all. 

Despite reports surfacing Tuesday that Baker Mayfield had a positive second opinion on his high ankle sprain, one columnist believes the ailment will have more long term effects than Carolina was expecting. 

"Look, Baker Mayfield has a high-ankle sprain," Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer tweeted. "That's a multi-week injury. I know the Panthers are 'day-to-daying' this thing, but for anyone who thinks Mayfield has a prayer of playing on Sunday in L.A. -- I've got some swamp land down in Tega Cay you may be interested in."

Panthers' fans can't be thrilled to hear the news, given that their team is fighting to avoid falling to 1-5 on the season. 

If Mayfield does end up missing Sunday's game against the Rams, it will likely be P.J. Walker who gets the starting nod. 

Walker, who's predominantly been a backup with Carolina since 2020, would improve his record to 3-0 as an NFL starter with a win Sunday.