4 options if Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury is serious

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What options do the Carolina Panthers have if Teddy Bridgewater misses time?

If losing in such a manner to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn’t bad enough, the Carolina Panthers might have a concerning situation developing with their star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The free-agent signing went off after taking a big hit following a Jason Pierre-Paul sack late in the game that required some significant attention in the blue tent. The Carolina Panthers didn’t risk him with anything to play for in the closing stages and there was no update as to the severity of the knee problem in the game’s immediate aftermath.

Give Bridgewater’s history with leg injuries, this is a situation that needs to be handled with extreme care. The last thing the organization needs is for its signal-caller to further complicate matters by doing too much too soon. So it might be time for someone else to get a shot in Week 11 at the Detroit Lions.

Carolina could go a number of ways in this particular scenario. Here are four possible options for the Panthers if Bridgewater is forced to miss some time.

Option No. 1

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P.J. Walker

The Panthers do seem to favor P.J. Walker as their No. 2 option. The former XFL star has been active more often than not this season and was tasked with stepping in when the game against the Buccaneers was already a lost cause.

Walker does have some nice mobility and arm strength that could be of some use if Bridgewater was to miss time. This would also be a good chance for the organization to see just what they have in the player, who worked with head coach Matt Rhule during the time together in college.

The NFL is a completely different ball game and although this might be a sink or swim scenario for Walker, it’s not like the Panthers have anything to lose.