Jul 31, 2023; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (9) and quarterback Andy Dalton (14) chat during warm ups during training camp at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers rookie QB Bryce Young (ankle) out 1-2 weeks

Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young is expected to miss one to two games with an ankle injury, coach Frank Reich said Friday.

Young, the top overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, officially was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the host Seattle Seahawks (1-1). Veteran Andy Dalton, 35, will be under center for the Panthers (0-2).

Jake Luton, who was signed to the practice squad, will serve as the backup quarterback to Dalton in Seattle.

Young had his ankle checked out after the Monday night home loss to the New Orleans Saints and missed the Wednesday walkthrough. He was held out of the team’s first full practice of the week Thursday, and again on Friday.

Reich expressed optimism that Young could return to action versus the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 1.

“I think there is a possibility that he plays next week, but I tend to be too optimistic in these situations,” Reich said.

Young, 22, has completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions.

Dalton completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 2,871 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 14 games last season with the Saints.

On Friday, linebackers Brian Burns (ankle) and Justin Houston (calf) joined running back Mile Sanders (pectoral) in turning in limiting practices. Houston was listed as questionable to face the Seahawks.

–Field Level Media

Jun 14, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (9) throws during the Carolina Panthers minicamp. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Top overall pick Bryce Young tabbed Panthers’ starting QB

Rookie Bryce Young has been named the Carolina Panthers’ starting quarterback, coach Frank Reich announced Wednesday.

“Yes, he’s QB1,” Reich said of Young, the top overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Reich’s decision isn’t much of a surprise given that Young has worked with the first-team unit since the beginning of organized team activities. He gets the nod as starter over veteran backup Andy Dalton, who signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Panthers.

“That means a lot. That’s a huge blessing,” Young said. “For me, it doesn’t change my approach.”

Young, 22, won the Heisman Trophy at Alabama in 2021 and set a school record with five games with at least five touchdown passes.

He spent three seasons in Tuscaloosa, winning the 2020 national championship as a backup to 2021 first-round pick Mac Jones.

Young threw 80 touchdown passes and completed 624 of 949 passes (65.8 percent) for 8,356 yards in 36 games for the Crimson Tide. He holds numerous program records, including single-season marks for passing touchdowns (47) and passing yards (4,872).

Young agreed to terms last week on a fully guaranteed four-year, $37.9 million rookie contract that includes a $24.6 million signing bonus.

–Field Level Media

May 12, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (9) throws during the Carolina Panthers rookie camp at the Atrium Practice Facility in Charlotte, NC.Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers elevate Bryce Young to QB1 on depth chart

The Carolina Panthers moved No. 1 overall draft pick Bryce Young to the top quarterback spot on the depth chart, but coach Frank Reich stopped short Thursday of naming the rookie his Week 1 starter.

Until now, veteran Andy Dalton, an offseason signee, had been listed as the starter and took the opening reps with the first unit in voluntary offseason workouts, though Young also worked with the first team. But Reich told reporters that Young has impressed him enough to make the change.

“It’s just the next step,” Reich said. “We had a couple of weeks to watch Andy. Andy has continued to perform at a very high level. We’re just trying to get our team ready. Everything is about what’s best for our team, and so this was just the next step.”

The first-year coach isn’t ready to hand Young the starting job until he sees more from him, however.

“He’s showing everything you want to see,” Reich said. “But this goes back to even the draft decision. We don’t have to make a decision until you have to make it.”

Reich said this is the timeline that he and general manager Scott Fitterer envisioned when they drafted Young, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Alabama. During mandatory camp next week, Young will take the first-team reps and the 35-year-old Dalton will lead the second unit.

Young, who turns 22 next month, said he won’t change his approach.

“For me, it’s about earning it,” Young said. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity that I have. I still think it’s a process. I’m grateful to be accepted by the team. It’s an amazing locker room, a great group of guys. I want to continue with that.

“It’s not something you’re just entitled to.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 20, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Saints tab Andy Dalton for start again in Week 8

Andy Dalton is drawing the start at quarterback again for the New Orleans Saints this week despite a healthy Jameis Winston, the ordained starter to open the season.

Saints coach Dennis Allen on Wednesday called it an “offensive decision,” noting that Winston is healthy.

“… We’re going to continue with Andy,” Allen told reporters. “… No need to upset the apple cart.”

The Saints, who have lost two straight, host the Las Vegas Raiders this Sunday.

Winston, 28, started the first three games before suffering back and ankle injuries. He went 1-2, completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 858 yards, with four touchdowns against five interceptions.

Dalton, who turns 35 on Saturday, has gone 1-3 as the starter, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 946 yards, with seven TDs against four INTs.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, U.S.;  Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown (2) runs for a touchdown after a catch against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (2) during the second quarter at State Farm Stadium.

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Cards put Marquise Brown on IR; Saints to start Andy Dalton

The Arizona Cardinals elevated kicker Rodrigo Blankenship to the active roster ahead of Thursday night’s game against New Orleans and placed two players on injured reserve, including wide receiver Marquise Brown.

Meanwhile, the Saints are reportedly going to start Andy Dalton over Jameis Winston, who will be the emergency quarterback against the Cardinals. Taysom Hill will back up Dalton, according to ESPN.

The Cardinals also put offensive lineman Just Pugh on IR with a torn ACL. He’s out for the season.

Brown (foot) will have to miss at least four games but it’s expected he’ll be out longer than that anyway, perhaps six weeks. Brown was injured on the final play of the game in last Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. He suffered a small non-surgical fracture in his foot.

The elevation of Blankenship means Matt Prater will miss a third straight game with a hip injury. The Cardinals also elevated running back Corey Clement to the active roster. Starting RB James Conner (ribs) is a gametime decision.

The Cardinals also activated OL Cody Ford from IR and it’s possible he’ll be active against the Saints. Ford, 25, began the season on IR. He played in 38 games (29 starts) from 2019-21 with the Buffalo Bills, who traded him to the Cardinals on Aug. 22 for a 2023 fifth-round draft pick.

The Cardinals have also ruled out LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), C Rodney Hudson (knee) and RB Darrel Williams (knee).

The Saints are also without a host of players for Thursday night. Guard Andrus Peat is considered week-to-week with a pectoral strain and has been ruled out against the Cardinals.

Also ruled out for the game are wide receivers Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) and tight end Adam Trautman (ankle)

Cornerback Paulson Adebo, tackle Calvin Throckmorton and defensive end Payton Turner are all questionable.

Additionally, the Saints cut wide receiver Keith Kirkwood, activated defensive back Alontae Taylor (knee) from injured reserve and elevated receiver Kevin White and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. from the practice squad ahead of Thursday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) gestures in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Saints 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

QB Andy Dalton to get third-straight start for Saints

The New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen named veteran backup quarterback Andy Dalton as the team’s starter for a third consecutive week as Jameis Winston continues to battle injuries.

Dalton, 34, has gone 1-1 as the Saints starter, throwing for 236 yards and a touchdown Oct. 2 in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on in London, then guiding a victory over the Seattle Seahawks last week with 187 yards, one TD and an interception.

Winston has struggled in recent weeks with back and ankle injuries. He did return to practice this week but has been listed as limited.

Sunday’s game will pit the Saints at home against Dalton’s former team, the Cincinnati Bengals. The TCU product was a second-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2011.

Over nine seasons at Cincinnati, Dalton was 78-70-2 as a starter, completing 62.3 percent of his passes with 228 touchdowns and 136 interceptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2016.

Dalton is now with his third team in three seasons, playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, one year after he saw time with the Chicago Bears. In 17 starts over the past three seasons, Dalton has gone 8-9.

Saints players who did not practice on Thursday included wide receivers Deonte Harty (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Michael Thomas (foot), as well as cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) and defensive end Payton Turner (chest).

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts after the game against the New York Giants during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints signing veteran QB Andy Dalton

The New Orleans Saints are signing veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year deal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

ESPN said the contract was worth up to $6 million, including $3 million guaranteed.

Dalton played in eight games (six starts) with the Chicago Bears last season, completing 149 of 236 passes for 1,515 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Dalton, 34, will provide experience and insurance behind projected starter Jameis Winston, who inked a two-year, $28 million deal earlier this month. Saints head coach Dennis Allen also confirmed that part-time signal-caller Taysom Hill will become a full-time tight end moving forward.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Dalton has passed for 35,279 yards, 226 touchdowns and 135 interceptions in 152 games (148 starts) with the Cincinnati Bengals (2011-19), Dallas Cowboys (2020) and Bears.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the football in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Bears to start Andy Dalton over Nick Foles in home finale

The Chicago Bears named quarterback Andy Dalton to start in the team’s home finale Sunday against the New York Giants.

Dalton will take over from Nick Foles, who guided the Bears to a 25-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks last week to end a three-game losing streak. Foles had taken over for rookie QB Justin Fields, who was out with an ankle injury.

Dalton started the first two games of the season for the Bears, until he was replaced by Fields. Dalton also started in Weeks 12 and 13. Chicago is 2-2 in Dalton starts this season.

Dalton, 34, has passed for 1,017 yards this season with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Dec. 23 but did not play last Sunday.

Foles threw for 250 yards with a TD and no interceptions against the Seahawks, making his first appearance this season after starting seven of the nine games he played for the Bears last season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bears rookie QB Justin Fields to start vs. Packers

Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields received medical clearance and will start Sunday night when Chicago visits the Green Bay Packers.

Head coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that the Bears have no physical limitations on Fields.

Fields has been sidelined with rib fractures sustained in the Bears’ 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 21.

Andy Dalton started the last two games for the Bears (4-8), who have dropped five of their last six contests heading into Sunday’s road game versus the Packers (9-3).

Fields, 22, has thrown for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions in 10 games (eight starts) this season since being selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. He also has rushed for 311 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Bears to start QB Andy Dalton on Thanksgiving

Andy Dalton will start at quarterback for the Chicago Bears on Thursday at Detroit.

Coach Matt Nagy confirmed the news Tuesday but added that rookie Justin Fields will regain the No. 1 job when he is healthy.

Fields suffered a rib injury in Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Sitting out the Thanksgiving Day game will give him another 10 days to recover before Chicago’s Dec. 5 date with the Arizona Cardinals.

Nick Foles likely will serve as the backup Thursday when the reeling Bears (3-7) try to snap their five-game losing streak against the winless Lions (0-9-1).

Dalton, 34, is 1-1 as a starter this season and has completed 48 of 73 passes for 471 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in four games.

Fields, 22, is 2-6 as the starter and has completed 115 of 198 passes for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions. The first-round draft pick has also rushed 56 times for 311 yards and two scores.

Foles, 32, has not seen any action this season.

–Field Level Media