Panthers’ Matt Corral suffers Lisfranc injury that will likely end the QB’s rookie season

Corral was selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss

Before the regular season even begins, Matt Corral’s rookie campaign might already be over. The Panthers’ rookie quarterback missed the final two plays of their preseason exhibition game against the Patriots on Friday night due to a foot injury. He was seen wearing a walking boot as he left the locker room after the game.

Corral has a “significant” Lisfranc injury, according to head coach Matt Rhule, who spoke to reporters on Saturday. Given the seriousness of that kind of injury, his season is probably over.

Corral has been considered as a potential long-term option who the organisation can develop, but he wasn’t in the running to compete with Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold for the Week 1 job at centre. There was also a remote possibility that he would have played toward the end of the season in the event that the two quarterbacks above him on the depth chart did not perform as expected. The Ole Miss player selected in the third round of the 2022 draught will now likely concentrate on recovery in order to play again in some capacity in 2023.

Corral wasn’t having a particularly strong night prior to getting hurt. Alongside fellow backup P.J. Walker, he completed 9 of 15 passes for 58 yards. He had one of nine throws for 11 yards in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s preseason opener against Washington last week.

If the Panthers place Corral on injured reserve in the coming days, that will ensure that he’ll sit out the entire season. This development may also have secured Walker a spot on the 53-man roster behind Mayfield and Darnold as the third-string quarterback. He was initially on the outside looking in and didn’t do himself many favors Friday, throwing two interceptions and fumbling in the end zone. Still, he does have two years of experience in Rhule’s offense, so his knowledge could be an asset as they’ll likely turn to Mayfield as the Week 1 starter.

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