Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Darnold will start Sunday's game against the Saints, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Rhule wouldn't comment on his plans for Week 18 in Tampa Bay, merely saying that Darnold will gather the Week 17 start. Cam Newton may still get snaps, especially near the goal line, and the New Orleans defense hardly makes for a favorable matchup. Darnold struggled after replacing Newton in last week's loss to Tampa, completing 15 of 32 passes for 190 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

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