Carolina Panthers rookie QB Matt Corral sidelined with torn ligament in foot – ESPN

Carolina Panthers rookie QB Matt Corral sidelined with torn ligament in foot - ESPN

CHARLOTTE, NC — Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Matt Corral likely to miss the 2022-23 season with what coach Matt Rhule called a “significant” Lisfranc ligament tear.

“I would assume it would be a while; I would assume it would be a significant amount of time,” Rhule said Saturday. “I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a long-term injury.”

Corral suffered the left foot injury in Friday night’s preseason loss at New England.

A 2016 study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine determined that NFL players with Lisfranc injuries treated without surgery missed an average of 6.2 months recovering and those who underwent surgery missed an average of 11.6 months. Rhule said Corral, his family, agent and team doctors are exploring the best option.

As for the opening quarterback battle between Baker Mayfield and Sam DarnoldRhule wasn’t ready to name the winner just yet, though multiple sources said the job remains Mayfield’s to lose.

Rhule also wasn’t ready to say whether he would make that decision before Friday’s preseason finale against Buffalo, but he said “most, if not all, of the starters” will play against the Bills.

Almost all the starters, including Mayfield and Darnold, were held out of the 20-10 loss to the Patriots.

Rhule said Corral’s injury will not affect his decision on who plays against Buffalo. But he said it could affect whether the team keeps three quarterbacks, as he said was the plan early in training camp.

Corral probably would have been the third quarterback, behind Mayfield and Darnold. Carolina also has a former XFL star PJ Walkerwho is 2-0 as a starter for the Panthers the past two years.

Walker struggled with two interceptions and a lost fumble that resulted in a touchdown against New England.

“That position takes a beating,” Rhule said. “We want to have as many good players as possible in that position and make no apologies for it. Matt was coming.”

Corral’s injury occurred in the fourth quarter when a player stepped awkwardly on his foot. He limped off the field and did not return, leaving Gillette Stadium in a walking boot.

Rhule said a deep snapper JJ Jansen and other veterans gave up their seats in first class to give Corral more room on the flight home.

“I hate it for him,” Rhule said of Corral. “I thought he played well, too.”

The Panthers selected Corral in the third round out of Ole Miss. In Friday’s matchup he saw his most extensive playing time in practice or preseason games as Mayfield and Darnold got a majority of the snaps.

Corral, who was 1-for-9 in the preseason opener at Washington, was 9-for-15 for 58 yards against New England.

“I thought I saw a lot of really nice signs early in the game,” Rhule said. “But I know Matt’s a fighter. This year’s development. He’s just going to have to grind, and taking care of his foot and all the things he has to do as a quarterback.

“Hopefully, one day he’ll look back and say it was a blessing, but I hate it for him now.”

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