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The former XFL standout will start for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Starting QB Teddy Bridgewater was listed as questionable all week with a knee injury.
Bridgewater suffered an MCL sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend. While he won’t be active on Sunday, the injury isn’t considered serious.
The 28-year-old went through warmups on Sunday morning before head coach Matt Rhule made his decision to start Walker instead.
While Walker has yet to start an NFL game, he is very familiar with Rhule and his system. He played for Rhule at Temple in 2015-16.
Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90