Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater inactive vs. Lions due to knee injury

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game. (Orlin Wagner/AP)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions due to a right knee injury, the team announced.

Bridgewater, who sustained the injury late in last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was considered a game-time decision. He threw on the field Sunday morning, but was later deemed inactive.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that P.J. Walker will start at quarterback in Bridgewater's place. Walker, a star last year in the defunct XFL, is 3-for-8 for 15 yards in two backup appearances this season.

Bridgewater, in his first year in Carolina, is averaging 255.2 passing yards/game and has 13 touchdowns versus seven interceptions in 10 starts. It's his first season as a full-time starter since 2015, after which he suffered a serious non-contact injury to his left knee.

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