Low times for Carolina Panthers

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

Just when you thought the news couldnt get any worse for the 1-8 Carolina Panthers, news comes that they may be without their top quarterback for Sundays game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Rookie Jimmy Clausen is now iffy for Sundays game due to a concussion believed to have come on a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Panthers final offensive play of the day in their 31-16 loss to Tampa Bay.

On the play in question, Aqib Talib and Sean Jones of the Bucs piled in and hit Clausen as he was stopped on fourth and goal from the one.

On Monday, Carolina coach John Fox declined to comment for fear of being fined, but said the team would send in a tape of the play to the league office. Fox also said he wasnt certain Clausen sustained the concussion on that play, but believed thats when it happened.

Fox said Clausen didnt show signs of a concussion until after the game.

It was something that came on as the postgame wore on, Fox said.

If Clausen cant go Sunday, the Panthers would be in a pickle. They have already lost their No. 1 QB Matt Moore to a season-ending shoulder injury.

That would turn the offence over to rookie Tony Pike, a sixth-round pick who has thrown 12 passes this season.

Things are so thin at the position that Pikes backup would be another rookie, Armanti Edwards, a quarterback at Appalachian State who has since been converted to a receiver.

On Friday, Carolina signed Brian St. Pierre, who has thrown five passes in his NFL career, to the practice squad.

We had Brian St. Pierre around last week, just to have a third quarterback in the building,? Fox said. I think it was helpful as far as getting acclimated to our offence, but well just assess that day to day.?

For the Panthers this season theres been just two directions for that team and its players can take down and out.


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