No Moore: Carolina Panthers Place QB and Two More on Injured Reserve

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26: Former starting quarterback Matt Moore of the Carolina Panthers reacts during their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers Dan Connor Injured Reserve Jimmy Clausen John Fox Jonathan Stewart Matt Moore Injured Reserve Mike Goodson NFL Thomas Davis Tony Pike Tyrell Sutton

  • J. Gore

    Seriously Eric, how close are you guys with the front office? (LOL) I left a couple comments in JW’s article on a house divided. My comments seem to be turning into a reality already and the one thing I left out was that JR should give us some kind of interview with the media to at least let us know he still cares. According to the Observer he has spoken briefly with them, to issue an apology to the fans and take the bulk of the blame himself. So I ask you again. Are you guys in cahoots? Can I start to rebuild my hopes? Thanks again to you and your fellow writers here on the Crave, who continue to give us something worth reading, and allowing fans like me to vent our frustrations and voice our opinions. GO PANTHERS!!

    • Eric Quackenbush

      It could very well be that the organization has been reading into our site, J. I have it from reliable sources that there are some Panthers brass who do keep tabs on various blogs and fan boards, Cat Crave included. While I can’t sit here and say that yes, it was our blog that has ultimately instigated a response from the front office and Jerry Richardson himself, I do believe it is safe and acceptable to say that we have played a part in it. I even made a submission to requesting on behalf of the fans, some sort of explanation from Mr. Richardson. Thanks for being a loyal reader and sharing your thoughts! :)

  • Joe

    I’ll say it: I caught a lot of flak for saying Clausen wasn’t as good as people made him out to be. And lo and behold, Matt Moore came back. And did better. And Tony Pike did just as well as Clausen. With fewer plays. I’m not saying that the QB depth is weak, but I will say this: Why is the only player who EVER won BACK TO BACK Walter Payton Awards, and 2 National Championships (And screw all of you who think that the FCS are full of nobodies. Ask Michigan, Virginia Tech, and a couple other programs what they think of “cupcakes.”) CATCHING passes, when he was a QB in college? And one of the best? Joe Flacco is leading the Ravens. Armanti Edwards make him look like he was standing still as he outran, outpassed, and just OUTPLAYED someone who’s better because he’s bigger? Armanti’s an INCH shorter than Drew Brees. Anybody know THAT name?

    • Joe

      Pardon me, but I meant to say that Armanti WAS one of the best QBs in College Football during his reign at Appalachian State. (That’s pronounced App-uh-latch-in, for you guys who don’t know)

      • Eric Quackenbush

        I won’t argue your point there. I’ve voiced my opinion all along how ridiculous I think it was to draft a QB — and a very good one — with the idea of “turning him into a wide receiver.” That’s just stupid, and a ruination of a talented athlete with a gift of an arm.

        • Joe

          I don’t know WHAT it is, but I do know this: Armanti, in one game, (I forget which) got 1/6 of Clausen’s yards. From 2 plays. He got 7. Clausen got 42 or so. In a WHOLE GAME.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      It’s a conspiracy? I dunno, lol.

  • mcap

    The season seems to be getting progressively worse as we go along,now we lose a QB and LB for the season. The decision concerning Davis is somewhat confusing,why if it is possible for TD to return would John not allow him? Is he indeed just fed up with the Panthers? Inquiring minds want to know.

    I think it’s safe to say that Fox has gained a reputation as someone who sits young players,regardless of how ready they seem. We have had more than a few who rode the pine in Charlotte,when everyone knew they should be playing. I hope that Edwards doesn’t meet the same fate.