What a busy day for the Carolina Panthers’ front office. Head coach John Fox fielding more questions about Carolina’s latest meltdown, while playing the blame game, and more drama continues to unfold, but this of a more serious nature. In Sunday’s horrendous loss to the New Orleans Saints, Carolina lost more than the game.
It lost a quarterback in Matt Moore, it lost a linebacker in Dan Connor, and probably the biggest surprise of all, we also learned that linebacker Thomas Davis will not return to the field this season.
That last one struck me as a big “uh-oh, I wonder how Davis feels about that?” Davis all season long, has been adamant about his return tot he field before the season is over, but merely two days before Carolina had to make a decision as to whether or not Davis would return, it seems as though Fox has all but squashed the player’s hopes of returning in 2010.
Was there an underlying motive to this? Is Fox so fed up with…everything in Carolina that he just threw the “day-to-day” and “week-to-week” Fox-isms out the window and instead offered his realistic expectation on Davis?
Middle linebacker Dan Connor will also see the Injured Reserve list as he suffered an injury to his hip which will keep him out for the remainder of the season.
Running back Jonathan also suffered a concussion. Chances are he will be out for at least a week. Mike Goodson or Tyrell Sutton is expected to start in his place.
Matt Moore, who suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder has also been placed on IR.
As of right now, there has been no mention made of who will start at quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Logically, it would fall to rookie Jimmy Clausen, but there are rumblings and speculation that Fox will instead opt for Tony Pike. It’s also been reported that rookie wide receiver Armanti Edwards will also be taking some snaps as a quarterback for Carolina during practice this week.