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November 15, 2010

Clausen has concussion; status uncertain

The Carolina Panthers have another injured quarterback.

Panthers coach John Fox said Jimmy Clausen sustained a concussion during Sunday’s 31-16 loss at Tampa Bay, and indicated the injury might have occurred when Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib dove headfirst into the pile on Clausen’s quarterback sneak in the final seconds.

“It’s hard to say. Could have been any number of plays, but there’s a chance it could have happened on the last play,” Fox said Monday.

Fox, who did not mention Clausen among the Panthers’ injured players after the game, said the symptoms developed later.

“A bunch of people talked to him even after the game,” Fox said. “It was something that came on as the post-game wore on.”

Clausen, a rookie from Notre Dame, is day-to-day. Fox said he would update his condition Wednesday.

After Talib went into the pile on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Panthers receiver Steve Smith hit Talib and was flagged for unnecessary roughness. Smith said he was protecting Clausen, and would do it again “100 out of 100 times."

Smith said Bucs safety Sean Jones also led with his head on Clausen’s sneak. Neither Talib nor Jones was penalized.

Fox said the Panthers would send tape of the play to the league office, but chose his words carefully.

"I don't see really a way I can comment on that, other than it shows a lot about Steve to take care of his teammate."

Clausen’s concussion comes a week after starting quarterback Matt Moore was placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. If Clausen can’t play Sunday against Baltimore, backup Tony Pike, another rookie, likely would get the start.

Behind Pike on the depth chart are rookie Armanti Edwards, who was drafted as a receive, and Brian St. Pierre, a 30-year-old journeyman who was signed to Carolina’s practice squad last week.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 15, 2010 at 01:09 PM | Permalink


Someone needs to piss on this snowball! These uncontrollable problems have become annoying.

Posted by: Justin | Nov 15, 2010 1:22:36 PM

I think that AE should get the start over Pike if Jimmy can't go. Pike was good bc he had good receivers to bail him out of tight games. he don't have that here. at least with AE they would have to watch the run and pass and that is not easy.

Posted by: SB93 | Nov 15, 2010 1:28:38 PM

shut up with this armanti edwards at qb garbage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good god

Posted by: james | Nov 15, 2010 1:30:53 PM

Hey slick, you better take another look at the depth chart. You're one Ray Lewis hit away from "this armanti edwards at qb garbage"

Posted by: laimbeer | Nov 15, 2010 1:36:57 PM

As much as I would love to see AE get a shot, he will be screwed from the get go. He hasn't practiced enough to walk in and run more than a handfull of plays. God knows the ravens is not the team to get your first shot for either Pike or AE. Just throw the season so we can pick up the #1 pick next year.

Posted by: swine-aholic | Nov 15, 2010 1:45:18 PM

no shit laimbeer you idiot, i'm sayin he shouldnt start over a healthy tony pike or brian st. pierre or whatever his name is. Ya boy AE took his first snap under center LAST WEEK in practice. If you think AE gives us the best shot to win over those two guys your smokin rock.AE hasn't even watched film with the qb's, you really think he can come in and read nfl defenses and go through progressions? ya if everybody gets hurt then you obviously put him in or direct snap it to goodson or dwill if comes back, ppl just hang their hat on that michigan game where ae wasn't all that great, he threw a couple picks, dexter jackson was better in that game than armanti edwards. so all you app state fan boys need to wake up. Ppl think they know but they dont at all

Posted by: james | Nov 15, 2010 1:52:32 PM

my only hope for the rest of this season is to see if we have a future with clausen or pike, because if not, we will probably draft a qb with a top 5 pick next year.

it is good to know that we gave up what might possibly be the 33rd overall pick in the draft for armanti edwards, wow, that hurts.

Posted by: QB's please stand up | Nov 15, 2010 2:06:25 PM

Refs were terrible during the game, with bogus calls against both teams.

They were especially bad on that last sneak.

They failed to blow the play dead as soon as Jimmy lost forward progress, putting him at unnecessary risk.

They missed two blatant head-first tackles by Talib and Jones on Clausen.

After the play, a Bucs player took his helmet off while he was still on the field. A 15 yard penalty according to the NFL Rulebook.

Talib better get a fine. Heck, fine the refs as well.

Posted by: McBeastie | Nov 15, 2010 2:10:20 PM

Swine- U r not doing a good job of convincing readers you are smart. I believe we AE fans are hanging our hats on the national championships, the first D1 player to have 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career, the first player to win back to back Walter Payton awards, led ASU to a Southern conference record breaking 4 straight SC titles. The list goes on... if you would like to educate yourself before acting like a (fill in the blank here) read the 50+ other records he broke in college (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armanti_Edwards)

The Michigan game was just gravy. Speaking of... lunch time.

Posted by: Rb75 | Nov 15, 2010 2:19:35 PM

The way the season is going - with the starting and back up QB's out and neither of them being productive to begin with, as well as a host of other veteran starters on IR (we'll be seeing more as the season progresses), why not start AE? He couldn't possibly be any worse than Moore or Clausen?

As it stands, if Clausen is out, should anything happen to Pike or if he doesn't work out, Edwards will get the nod anyway.......

Posted by: TJ | Nov 15, 2010 2:20:03 PM

if the league is serious about helmet to helmet hits than someone from the nfl needs to watch every play in every game and hand out fines accordingly. just cause the refs didnt see it doesnt mean it didnt happen and there should be zero possibilty of some players getting away with it while others get fined

Posted by: dar456 | Nov 15, 2010 2:22:45 PM

Hey James, I'm a Ravens fan dummy. Hopefully your rant was therapeutic though. Geez, did Edwards make sweet love to your sister or something?

Posted by: laimbeer | Nov 15, 2010 2:23:21 PM

I don't think they should use AE as a traditional QB per se, but remember the Panthers did beat the Falcons a few years ago with DeAngelo running the Wildcat for the entire game. They could try it again with AE, and he would at least be a threat to pass it.

Posted by: Chris | Nov 15, 2010 2:28:41 PM

Can you forfeit a game? the season?

Posted by: lbug | Nov 15, 2010 2:30:42 PM

Rb75, quick question...

how did AE break the D1 record for passing/rushing yards when he never played D1 football?

im sick of ASU fans thinking they have something to brag about, at best youre the tallest midget in FCS football

Posted by: dar456 | Nov 15, 2010 2:31:40 PM

"AE hasn't even watched film with the qb's, you really think he can come in and read nfl defenses and go through progressions?"

How'd you manage to get into practice and team meetings?

Posted by: JamesIsAnIdiot | Nov 15, 2010 2:33:07 PM

Rb75, you're not doing a good job of convincing people you're smart either. James said that stuff not swine. Hahaha, I love irony.

Posted by: laimbeer | Nov 15, 2010 2:34:19 PM

I thought clausen did an awsome job yesterday. That goes for lafell too. Also, we got to see some of the fire in smitty that made him one of the great ones. I mean this guy dove into the middle of that pile with a mending broken arm and all. Don't know if I would have done it. just saying

Posted by: stork302 | Nov 15, 2010 2:47:52 PM

And besides, what was little ole jimmy clausen doing running a sneak play anyway. Much like two in a row. I think we need to get davidson into rehab real soon. haha

Posted by: stork302 | Nov 15, 2010 2:49:56 PM

Pike and Edwards both ran the spread offense in college. With a depleted group of RBs, run the shotgun offense all game and try to put up over 200 yards in passing. Panthers can still run from that formation. Clausen will sit out the standard 1 game and then be back in the lineup vs the Browns. What do the Panthers have to lose? Maybe AE will give fans something to be excited about.

Posted by: Nosebleed fan | Nov 15, 2010 2:51:54 PM

That has to be the worst QB depth chart in the history of the NFL.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 15, 2010 2:52:27 PM

Technically, App St. is D1. The NCAA did away with D2. It is now D1 FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) and D1 FCS (Football Championship Subdivision). So AE actually does have those D1 records. I am not an App. St. fan, but facts are facts. What's rediculous is that former D2 has a CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT!! Current D1 can't get it right....or won't get it right.

Posted by: jaredmc78 | Nov 15, 2010 2:53:07 PM

Dar456- quick answer for you, since you are not doing too well today: It is D1 football.

AND, straight off the Panthers website to clarify my point:
"Became the first player in NCAA Division I history - FCS or FBS - to pass for more than 10,000 yards and rush for more than 4,000 yards in a career."

That's THE record for both divisions of D1, dude. Get a clue. Take your Manning posters down and put one up of Armanti.

Lambier- thanks for the correction. That was ironic.

Posted by: Rb75 | Nov 15, 2010 2:54:31 PM

Dar456 - FCS is D1 you simple minded fool

James - Your brain capacity is shown in your comments. I really do think AE made love to either your wife, daughter, sister, mother or something.

Pike should get the start, if he fails, then it will go to Armanti. Relax with all the hate on AE my gosh, the kid hasn't even got a chance.

Posted by: johnboy | Nov 15, 2010 2:55:11 PM

It wasn't D2 before the move to the FBS and FCS, it was Division 1AA.

Posted by: Rb75 | Nov 15, 2010 3:00:27 PM

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