Jul 28, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers to debut Sam Darnold; D.J. Moore, Brian Burns hurt

Sam Darnold is suiting up for the Panthers’ preseason game Saturday and Carolina coach Matt Rhule plans to have the quarterback debut, if only for one series.

Darnold could play “one or two” series against the visiting Baltimore Ravens, Rhule said, but a final decision isn’t likely to be made until gametime.

Darnold was acquired from the New York Jets in an offseason trade and replaces quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who landed with the Denver Broncos.

The Panthers won’t know the status of two starters injured Thursday — wide receiver D.J. Moore and pass rusher Brian Burns — but neither is likely to suit up for the weekend exhibition.

Burns watched practice with a wrap on his shoulder and Moore left a joint workout with the Ravens on Thursday with stiffness in his back.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore (12) throws the ball back during pre-game warm ups before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers WR Moore activated off reserve/virus list

Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Wednesday.

Moore sat out the Panthers’ 32-27 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday after being placed on the list during the team’s bye week. He reported to practice on Wednesday.

Moore, 23, has recorded 50 catches for 924 yards and a team-leading four receiving touchdowns for the Panthers (4-9), who visit the Green Bay Packers (10-3) on Saturday night. He needs 76 yards over the next three games to become the fourth player in franchise history to notch back-to-back, 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Moore has 192 catches for 2,887 yards and 10 touchdowns in 43 career games since being selected by Carolina in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Defensive tackle Zach Kerr remained on the reserve/COVID-19 list, however.

–Field Level Media