Matt Moore Suffers Concussion, Date of Return Uncertain

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Moore of the Carolina Panthers is escorted off the field in the fourth quarter after an injury against the New York Giants by team personal on September 12, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Panthers 31-18. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

So probably the worst news of Sunday’s loss at the Giants — worse than losing the game even — was the concussion suffered by Carolina quarterback Matt Moore. One thing I take seriously and make no jokes about, is injuries to a player; especially as serious as head trauma. I don’t care what team you play for, concussions are bad business and I wish them on nobody. Alas, it is a part of the risk involved with playing a brutal contact sport.

Right now, Moore’s return to the field is pending a battery of tests he will have to undergo, per tighter restrictions set forth by the NFL.

After absorbing the hit made by Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, Moore was able to walk off the field on his own power, but Panthers head coach John Fox had more news that didn’t sound all that great later on, saying that Moore might not be able to make the trip back to Charlotte with the team.

So this potentially — most likely — opens up the door for rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen to make his first start as the Panthers quarterback against division rival Tampa Bay. Now fans can be happy once again, though I believe it’s a rather piss-poor ideal to celebrate a guy’s injury and the fact that the team as a whole — not just Moore — was unable to do much of anything right on Sunday.

Whatever good can come of this loss (of both Moore and the game), is it’s only the first week of regular season. And while I remember saying those exact words a year ago at this time, the fact remains that there is still 15 games remaining on the schedule, and agree or disagree, the schedule favors Carolina just a bit. As for Moore, my prayers for a speedy recovery.

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