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November 10, 2010

Clausen to start; Beason fined $10K

Lots of news out of Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday.

Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback Sunday against the Bucs. Tony Pike will be the second-teamer, and Armanti Edwards will be the third QB.

According to STATS LLC, the Panthers would become the first NFL team with three rookie QBs on a game-day roster since at least 1991.

Matt Moore, who tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder against the Saints, will have surgery in the next 10 days and will resume throwing in four to six months. He did not say whom he would be throwing for.

Moore, who signed a one-year tender during the offseason, might have taken his last snap with the Panthers. Moore said he has not discussed his future with team officials.

But linebacker Thomas Davis has had those discussions. Davis, whose comeback from two knee surgeries was shelved this week, said he met recently with general manager Marty Hurney.

Davis indicated both sides want him to finish his career in Charlotte.

Linebacker Jon Beason said the NFL has fined him $10,000 for his hit on Saints WR Marques Colston. Beason was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head.

Beason said he plans to appeal the fine. “It was a clean hit,” he said.

Second-year running back Mike Goodson said he would start at an injury-depleted tailback position. DeAngelo Williams (foot), Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and Tyrell Sutton (ankle) all remain out.

Stewart said he spent Sunday night in a Charlotte hospital for observation, and that his “head is not better, yet.”

Defensive end Greg Hardy, who also sustained a concussion against the Saints, said he felt “pretty good” and hoped to be cleared later in the week.

Much more in Thursday’s editions.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 10, 2010 at 02:40 PM | Permalink


I have but one question in regard to the Beason fine...has the NFL looked at the hit by Darren Sharper on Jonathan Stewart? It looked clearly to be helmet to helmet to me.

Posted by: KY | Nov 10, 2010 2:57:23 PM

i tried to ask the same question but the comment wouldn't post. that hit was more brutal than the Beason/Colston hit

Posted by: Jason Alston | Nov 10, 2010 3:23:08 PM

That fine is a load of crap. It was a terrible call and it is even worse that they fined him after seeing it on a replay. Pretty soon it will be the NFFL, National Flag Football League.

Posted by: lemmotlow | Nov 10, 2010 3:34:30 PM

Steve Smith would fit right in to the NFFL.

Posted by: ScottNC1 | Nov 10, 2010 3:47:00 PM

What doesn't kill Jimmy, makes Jimmy stronger!

Posted by: Frieda's Boss | Nov 10, 2010 3:54:04 PM

Matt Moore, who tore (his labia) against the Saints, will have surgery in the next 10 days and will resume throwing in four to six months. He did not say whom he would be throwing for.


Posted by: ThreeThousandFt2Glory | Nov 10, 2010 4:05:13 PM

@ lemmotlow

Lmao, you took the words out of everyone mouth. I have to wonder how are the defensive players suppose to tackle?

No helmet to helmet, no body slam, what the hell are they allowed to do without getting a fined?

Clausen may not be playing well with this elementary school offense(who could?). But once he let go being nervous and gun shy to finally throw over the first down mark, he has potential to do good.

The key question is, will this fanbase be patient to let Clausen mature/develop the proper way?

By reading post after post on different articles, they are asking for Luck or Locker to be drafted. Wouldn't be surprise that they can throw them under the bus after 3.5 starts.

There's a reason Fox never drafted a QB with an early round because he can't develop them.

8 more weeks until Fox era ends, thank you for the years Fox.

Posted by: adam carter | Nov 10, 2010 4:12:12 PM

An even worse hit that didn't even get a penalty was a LATE helmet to helmet hit on Clausen after he had already been knocked down. It happened during the series when he was trying to throw out of his own endzone.

The announcers never commented and they never showed a replay of that particular down, but it was far worse of a hit than the Beason hit.

Posted by: iwatchedthistrainwreck | Nov 10, 2010 4:19:40 PM

Panthers getting only 6 1/2 Sunday. This is the lock of the decade! Take the Bucs and bet the house!

Posted by: JR-SUCKS!! | Nov 10, 2010 5:18:01 PM

@Adam Carter...I agree we need to allow Clausen grow and mature. I just hope he makes strides this week to cleanly handle snaps and get the ball over the D-linemen. Fixing these two glaring elementary flaws of his would allow me more patience in seeing him through his growth.

Posted by: Jrauhauser | Nov 10, 2010 5:46:00 PM

Patience for Jimmy is fine.....but he has to be able to show that he's progressing. Week after week the QB's look like they don't take a snap all week and then just show up and play on Sunday's. The other rookie QB's are playing on bad teams and have made them serviceable. Our QB's have made serviceable teams Bad. Just show progression and I think people will ease up on Jimmy.

Posted by: jimmy#2 | Nov 10, 2010 8:00:40 PM

The reason Beason is fined is because the NFL doesn't want to admit that their refs made a bad call so they gave him the minimum for that type of play. That's a bunch of BS!!

I have an idea, for every bad call that a ref has, he gets docked 1/3 of his pay for the day. Three bad calls and he's out of the game without pay. If you can do it to the players, then you should do it to the refs. JMHO

Posted by: Cobrabitn | Nov 10, 2010 8:43:27 PM

Posted by: adam carter

You are tight Adam it has only been 3.5 games, and that means that he could get WORSE too.

Never considered that point Adam,thank you for the insight.

Posted by: Don Rickles | Nov 10, 2010 8:46:26 PM

With Clausen starting, I will be forced to boycott watching the game. I can't stand watching him play.

Posted by: Al | Nov 10, 2010 9:38:44 PM

I hope Goodson breaks off a 150 yd game. he runs harder and faster than any panther I have seen since early Nick Goins

Posted by: 309-18, 1-2 | Nov 10, 2010 10:11:01 PM

@Al - It was alot more painful to watch Matt Moore this year, especially that first game with 3 int's inside the 20 yard line.. Clausen needs time to throw, the offensive line right now can't block the pass rushers, and can't open holes up for the RB's..it doesn't matter who the QB is, if they don't have time in the pocket....period...

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Nov 10, 2010 10:14:06 PM

"Turn out the lights, this season has been over before it even started!"

Let's thank Mr. Richardson for all of those wonderful memories he gave to us this year.

Say good bye to Marty Hurney and the rest of his minions! May they have good luck in finding new jobs next year.

Posted by: Jay | Nov 10, 2010 10:22:33 PM

With the torn labrum plus his poor showing this year, poor Matt may have put on a jersey for the last time. btw did someone above really post a torn "labia"? Really, dude?! You don't know your anatomy.

Posted by: Isitoveryet? | Nov 10, 2010 11:34:36 PM

I agree we need to allow Clausen grow and mature too!

Posted by: kelgifye | Nov 11, 2010 3:04:23 AM

I understand that Clausen is a rookie but if he's going to be good, we should at least see some flashes of decent play. Up to this point, he hasn't shown a thing and that is worrying.

Posted by: Nate | Nov 11, 2010 5:49:35 AM

I'd love to see Edwards get on the field. I watched him play in person many times and since we can't throw, why not add another runner in the backfield? He has a decent arm and with his experience of starting four years, he is a good decision maker under pressure. I'd give him a shot, we have nothing at all to lose. Worst case scenario we lose again, best case we find a Vick-like player. Even as a Furman grad, I'll support this App State guy!

Posted by: panthersbcatsfan | Nov 11, 2010 9:19:31 AM

Edwards not playing QB is a joke. Give him some freakin' snaps will ya? What has Clausen shown at this point? Zero. What has Pike shown at this point? Zero. Here's an idea, why not try something different? John Fox is a complete dope. How many times can you try and fit a square peg into a round hole? Is he really thinking, "Maybe this week, it will be different." Give me a break. I was a big fan of Fox after '03 and '05 but ever since then I've been over his stubborness and inability to adjust to the game. No creativity or consistency. He may be good with the players but he's horrible with game planning and thinking outside the box. I wish he would go ahead and be fired so Meeks could take over and give us fans something to watch. Good riddance Fox. Have fun working for JR Ewing in Dallas.

Posted by: gradyhog | Nov 11, 2010 9:35:43 AM

Helmet to helmet is illegal when a receiver is defenseless right after the catch. It's legal to lead with the helmet on hit to a running back. It's done all the time.

Posted by: Jimcat | Nov 11, 2010 11:25:27 AM

@ Jimcat, It is never legal to lead with the helmet, period. Bit the Sharper hit looked to me like it was his shoulder that hit Stewart. That too should be illegal in my opinion.

Posted by: Moronic Fanbase | Nov 11, 2010 4:49:27 PM

no. he meant labia bc it is clear matt moore is not a man.

clausen is awful. this should be a surprise to no one. all the 'experts' couldn't believe he was still available at pick 48. maybe the other 31 teams knew he was a bust.

we have no one on the roster capable of playing qb at the pro level. great job personnel dept.

Posted by: andy | Nov 11, 2010 5:19:09 PM

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