Week 11 spotlight: Solving the Will Grier vs. P.J. Walker riddle

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Which way will the Carolina Panthers go in Teddy Bridgewater’s potential absence?

It appears as if the Carolina Panthers are going to give Teddy Bridgewater every chance to prove his fitness before their Week 11 game against the Detroit Lions. The quarterback has been limited in practice after suffering an MCL sprain during their embarrassing home loss to the Buccaneers last time out and head coach Matt Rhule stated it will be a true game-time decision regarding his No. 1 signal-caller.

However, it would be foolish of the Carolina Panthers not to have a contingency plan in place. Just what that’s going to be is still unclear, with Will Grier and P.J. Walker both vying for the start if Bridgewater is forced to miss out.

Each backup has been activated almost situationally through the first ten games, depending on what defenses Carolina is coming up against. This might be the deciding factor if Rhule is forced to name a starter other than Bridgewater, which does look likely despite the former first-round pick’s desire to take the field.

Not having Bridgewater would significantly hamper Carolina’s chances of ending their five-game losing run. Neighter Grier or Walker have much in the way of NFL experience and the Panthers won’t have their star running back Christian McCaffrey to pick up the slack due to a shoulder injury.

Rhule remained non-committal regarding a possible replacement, which is to be expected. He doesn’t want to give up the gameplan ahead of time against a defense that can be got at if their level of production this season is any indication.