QB Heinicke on IR, Allen to start for Panthers

The Carolina Panthers introduced on Wednesday that undrafted rookie Kyle Allen will start at quarterback within the season finale towards the New Orleans Saints after they positioned Taylor Heinicke on the Injured Reserve List earlier within the day.

Heinicke sustained a left elbow damage final week in his beginning debut as a professional towards the Atlanta Falcons after the Panthers shut down beginning quarterback Cam Newton for the final two video games due to a shoulder damage.

Allen accomplished all 4 passes he threw for 38 yards after coming in when Heinicke was injured.

“Kyle had an opportunity to come in and play for a little bit of a quarter, and (I) thought he did a nice job,” head coach Ron Rivera stated. “I assumed his decision-making was good, I assumed he threw some good balls. He took fairly good management. It was sort of attention-grabbing to watch him, although.

“He has a tendency to walk toward the bench to get the signals, and we don’t have to signal anymore ’cause they’ve got the helmet (radio) hooked up. I think that’s a little something he’ll have to learn and get used to.”

Allen began three video games for the University of Houston final season and performed in 20 video games at Texas A&M earlier than transferring to Houston in January 2016.

Garrett Gilbert will again up Allen on Sunday towards the Falcons after signing with the Panthers.

Although Newton has not been positioned on injured reserve, there is no such thing as a probability the Panthers will take an opportunity with their franchise quarterback in a meaningless last recreation to the season.

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