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By PFW staff

Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen will reclaim his starting spot on Sunday.

Head coach John Fox announced that the rookie quarterback would take the place of injured starter Matt Moore, who will have season-ending shoulder surgery.

Clausen replaced Moore as Carolina's starter in Week Three, but lost the job after just three games. Moore retook the starting spot in Week Seven before suffering the injury in the Week Nine loss to New Orleans.

While Clausen was the first quarterback off the bench in last week's 34-3 loss to the Saints, he was replaced late in game by fellow rookie Tony Pike.

The way we see it

While some insiders have said there have been minor improvements in Clausen's game, he has clearly struggled when given the chance to play. The Panthers are now left with two rookie quarterbacks, and rookie WR Armanti Edwards as an emergency QB, to go along with a banged-up RB corps.

Fantasy spin

Clausen will face a Buccaneers defense that is tied with the Packers with a league-high 14 interceptions. Throw in the fact that the Panthers could be without RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, and it easy to stay away from Panthers QBs the rest of the way.

 

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