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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  • John

    Definitely hope Matt is able to recover quickly and has no lasting effect. The O line was a turnstile yesterday in the second half. Gross admitted that hit was on him which was very upstanding of him but hardly repairs the damage. This unit needs to get it’s act together today. We can’t win if they can’t turn it around.

    I think we will see Clausen this week. I feel bad about that because I think he needs more time with the clipboard. But I guess this will answer some questions about just how ready he really is.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I too believe we will see Clausen, and I’m okay with that, as it gives Moore some time to recover from the hit — maybe two hits — in which he sustained a concussion. It also gives Clausen some real game time to get his feet wet, which some might not favor, as he is a rookie … I’d rather he was learning from the sideline too, but sometimes such as in this case, we have no option. There were veteran options during the offseason, and I’m sure there are still some decent options still available now … Jeff Garcia, for instance. But it won’t happen, and we’ll continue to see the team run with the personnel it has.

      • John

        Well if there ever was a time to throw him in next week is about the best time you’ll get. Tampa is beatable and it won’t take a championship performance to do it. Still I always worry about young QBs and their confidence. So easy to mess one up. But hopefully this team is sufficiently embarrassed by that performance yesterday to really bring it and bail the QB out a bit whomever it might be.