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.