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November 26, 2010

Clausen will start at QB vs. Browns

Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback Sunday at Cleveland.

The situation behind Clausen is much less certain.

After Clausen completed a week of practice Friday with no setbacks from his concussion, Panthers coach John Fox said the rookie would start against the Browns.

“I think he had an outstanding week of preparation,” Fox said. “My understanding is we had no side effects and we anticipate he’ll be good to go on Sunday.”

Now Fox has to figure out who plays if Clausen gets injured.

Fox said the No. 2 quarterback would be a game-time decision. Brian St. Pierre and Tony Pike were limited all week with shoulder injuries, and Keith Null has only practiced three times since signing with the Panthers earlier this week.

Asked who would play behind him, Clausen smiled and said: “You’re asking the wrong guy.”

Fox didn’t have any answers, either.

“It’s comforting to have a guy that can start the game. I’m not sure about our depth situation going into this game,” Fox said. “We’ll sort that out as we move forward.”

Fox indicated Null is in consideration for the No. 2 spot.

St. Pierre has been not been able to throw much since attempting 28 passes last week against Baltimore. The 30-year-old journeyman had thrown five passes in his previous seven seasons combined.

The rest of the Panthers’ injury report:

Starting left guard Travelle Wharton (toe), third-team RB Tyrell Sutton (ankle) and backups safeties Jordan Pugh (hamstring) and Marcus Hudson (ankle) are doubtful.

Backup CB Captain Munnerlyn (shoulder), RB Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and WR Brandon LaFell (concussion) are probable.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 26, 2010 at 01:57 PM | Permalink


Thank God we're going to get a chance to see more of Clausen. He may or may not be the long-term solution at QB, but at least we can get a chance to decide that this season and not continue to watch Foxy trot out never-have-beens like St. Pierre and Null. And the only other bright spot was well noted here as Goodson may be the last man standing at RB once Carolina lets Williams walk (which is a big mistake, but it will happen).

Posted by: Panther Dan | Nov 26, 2010 2:40:29 PM

Start St Pierre.

Clausen SUX.

Posted by: mike | Nov 26, 2010 2:45:44 PM

@Panther Dan - Based on what information, do you think DeAneglo is leaving..? SportsTalk stations are puppets that are trying to bring in listeners, so they start rumours, just to get people to talk and listen to them more.. DeAngelo and Stewart will both be back next year. If the NFL is still open for busines, the Panthers will need both RB's.

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Nov 26, 2010 2:51:56 PM

@catsnmbr1fan It all depends because D. Williams is a free agent and if Mike Goodson continues to play like this they are going to have to go with him and Stewart. Nobody wants Williams to leave but it's business and they cant keep 3 good RB's

Posted by: Michael | Nov 26, 2010 2:58:39 PM

Come on Clausen prove that you are the guy. I know you are! That way we can draft Powers out of clemson and not Luck

Posted by: Michael | Nov 26, 2010 2:59:31 PM

Yay, Captain Checkdown is back.

Posted by: Nate | Nov 26, 2010 3:12:56 PM

Williams isn't worth resigning for a Michael Turner salary. Stewart and Goodson can easily match what Williams and Stewart can do for much cheaper. Williams has a ton of mileage on his body from his nearly 1000 carries at Memphis where he WAS the offense. Stewart is the one who is knocked for being "injury-prone," yet the only injury that's ever caused him to miss games is his recent concussion, and Williams will have played in just 19 of the 32 games over the past two years (59%) when this season is through. Stewart's at 40/42 for his career as of last week (95%.) I'll take the guy who suits up on Sunday every time.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 26, 2010 3:13:08 PM

As opposed to whom, Nate? St. Pierre, Captain Crusty? Pike, Captain Clueless? Edwards, Captain Inactive?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 26, 2010 3:14:06 PM

Maybe Fox plans to back him up. All we need now with St. Pierre is Null and Void. But wait! There is hope on the horizon. We're 1-9 and Fox said he'd go no less than 7-9 again...that means no more loses. Right?

Posted by: Derril01 | Nov 26, 2010 3:15:10 PM

Are you really serious about wanting St. Pierre to start over Clausen? That's absurd. He did nothing last week. On his one good throw Gettis was wide open...I could have made that throw. There's a reason he was changing diapers instead of playing football...he sucks. Either Clausen is the answer or we look at an option like drafting Luck. We won't know if he doesn't play.

Posted by: rcarlson85 | Nov 26, 2010 3:22:17 PM

williams is better than stewart, doesnt fumble as much as goodson. Williams best rb on the roster.

Posted by: james | Nov 26, 2010 3:27:43 PM

Williams is also 27. He has 3 maybe 3 good years left.

Posted by: Ben | Nov 26, 2010 3:54:05 PM

Are you saying BSP is not starting Sunday because his shoulder is sore because he threw 28 passes on Sunday? PITIFUL! We bring in a guy in such poor shape that he is sore after playing one game. Aren't most players sore after playing in a game?

Posted by: Glo | Nov 26, 2010 4:39:00 PM

Are you saying BSP is not starting Sunday because his shoulder is sore because he threw 28 passes on Sunday? PITIFUL! We bring in a guy in such poor shape that he is sore after playing one game. Aren't most players sore after playing in a game?

Posted by: Glo | Nov 26, 2010 4:39:09 PM

Letting Williams walk without getting draft picks in return is silly. I say if u can't come up to terms of a new contract, franchise and trade him.

BSP is garbage, 4 games for Clausen doesn't indicate him being a bust. Having the worst coaching/development in all of football.

Posted by: adam carter | Nov 26, 2010 4:53:48 PM

How did Tony Pike get a sore shoulder? Clausen is the QB with the best chance to win.

Posted by: cardiac cat | Nov 26, 2010 5:07:52 PM

screw clausen with the first pick we take andrew luck and start a winning program like the falcons have with matt ryan. No more of this horribe qb play from week to week.

Posted by: tpnay | Nov 26, 2010 6:12:43 PM


Posted by: mister jones | Nov 26, 2010 6:33:42 PM

Yeah tnpay, just draft a promising rookie QB and all the teams problems will be fixed. Luck won't need an OL good at pass protection, or better receivers. He'll just block with one hand and throw with the other if he has to. He'll just throw the ball up getting plenty of hang time then run down the field and catch it himself if he has too. Also, Luck is so much better than Clausen that it should only take one game next season to find out if he's any good. With his college resume, if he don't have a good game and pick up a Panther win in his first start then the Panthers shouldn't even waste another week considering him for their starter and try to trade him before the trading deadline in order to move up in the draft the filling season and draft the top QB. I'm glad you started watching NFL football tnpay, because now I have the opportunity to read your posts with your expertise advise on what the Panthers should do.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 26, 2010 6:39:52 PM

@Out of town Panther fan

Lmao good one, they will throw Luck under the bus after 1-4 games if he doesn't win/produce. If not he's a waisted pick, worst pick ever etc etc.

From the complainers giving up on player after 4 games, let draft a QB for the next 5 years until they find the right one?

Posted by: adam carter | Nov 26, 2010 7:40:28 PM


I guess it's a new thing for you and other giving up on player after a year without improving? You can't form a winning problem without having a coaching staff who can adjust,game plan, and develop young talent.

Posted by: adam carter | Nov 26, 2010 7:48:10 PM

i beleive even if we get the first overall pick if jimmy finishes the year out trong and shows imprvemnt we can trade the first overall pick move back in the draft and get a dominant d-lineman like one of auburns or alabamas defensive tackles

Posted by: jj | Nov 26, 2010 8:04:15 PM

IF, and that's a mighty big IF, Clausen clearly shows that he can play at this level, and isn't like his 2 older brothers (absolute jokes in the NFL), then the Panthers need to draft AJ Green. Yes I know we need DL help badly, but with a high pick you have to hit a home run, and AJ Green is that.

Posted by: SEC_FAN | Nov 26, 2010 8:14:10 PM


Great post. I say trade back to the top 10-15 and select Nick F, at least they would get 2-3 picks in return.

Posted by: adam carter | Nov 26, 2010 8:24:37 PM

If Vincent J becomes a FA without being tender, I say sign him or trade for Larry F. There has been rumors he wanted out of Arizona.

Posted by: mark smith | Nov 26, 2010 8:35:18 PM

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