Panthers Starting Veteran Andy Dalton at QB, Rookie Bryce Young Out for 1-2 Weeks

Andy Dalton with Cincinnati Bengals in 2017
Andy Dalton with Cincinnati Bengals in 2017. Photo by Adam Lacy/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9305816df)

The Carolina Panthers will be without their rookie signal caller Bryce Young for the Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks. The first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft is dealing with an ankle injury, and the Panthers will face the Seahawks with veteran Andy Dalton under center.

According to the Panthers’ head coach Frank Reich, Young got hurt during the Monday Night Football loss to the New Orleans Saints and will be out for one to two weeks. However, as soon as he’s ready, the Alabama product will get back his starting job.

“Bryce has done well this week,” Reich told reporters. “I’m optimistic he’s on the right path. Whatever the soonest he can get back is, he will get back. And when he gets back, he’ll be our guy.”

Young has struggled so far in his young NFL career, completing 59.2% of his passes and throwing for just 299 yards in two games. He has two passing touchdowns and has thrown two interceptions.

Dalton, who is in his 13th season as a pro, is expected to provide a boost to the Panthers’ offense thanks to his experience and reliability. The 35-year-old is 83−77−2 as a starter, completing 62.5% of his passes and throwing for 38,150 yards, 244 touchdowns, and 144 picks.

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