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Concussion a tough break for Panthers’ Clausen

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Just when it looked like things might be getting a little better for the Panthers, it was another downer of a Monday for the 1-8 team.

After putting up more of a fight than some expected them to in a 31-16 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, head coach John Fox announced that QB Jimmy Clausen had suffered a concussion in the game. His status for Week 11 is not yet known. That news comes one week after QB Matt Moore was placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum.

If Clausen, who completed 16 passes Sunday, matching his season high, can't play next week, rookie Tony Pike will start, and his primary backup could be WR Armanti Edwards, unless Carolina signs a free agent in the meantime.

The PFW spin

After arguably his best performance of the season, which isn't exactly saying much, Clausen could have to sit for a while to recover, but the Panthers at least have something to build off after racking up 300 total yards for only the second time all season.

The Panthers had gained just 195 yards and scored only three points against the Saints one week earlier.

Even with small signs of improvement, another win or two is going to be hard to come by this season, no matter who is under center for the Panthers.

With games against Baltimore, at Cleveland, at Seattle, Atlanta, Arizona, at Pittsburgh and at Atlanta remaining, it's hard to see how Carolina finishes the season with more than three wins.

The Panthers are very much in the running for the top pick in the draft, and it's important for them — and whoever might be coaching them next season — to get an extended look at Clausen so they can decide whether they're going to be in the market for a quarterback come draft time.

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