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NFL: Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback for the Panthers against the Broncos on Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC — Sam Darnold was named the Carolina Panthers’ starting quarterback on Tuesday.

Darnold will play his first game this season against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Panthers announced.

A sprained ankle kept him sidelined for most of the season.

Baker Mayfield struggled again last weekend, in a 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Panthers (3-8) are looking to a third quarter starter this year after Mayfield and PJ Walker with an ankle injury.

Darnold went 4-7 as Carolina’s starting quarterback last season, having savored victory in his first three outings. He completed the campaign with nine touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

Mayfield hasn’t had much success since being acquired from the Cleveland Browns in July, going 1-5 as the Panthers’ starting quarterback.

This year, the first pick in the 2018 draft is down to six touchdowns and six interceptions. Sunday in Baltimore, he suffered two interceptions in the last quarter.

Carolina is 0-5 on the road this season.

Mayfield will be Darnold’s backup this week, the Panthers reported.

As for the Broncos, they are 3-7 after winning only once in their last seven games.

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