Panthers handle injuries
The Carolina Panthers have scored a league-low 9 touchdowns and common an NFL-worst eleven.six aspects a match. And those ugly numbers ended up posted earlier than the media relations personnel had to switch to a tiny font to get all the players jammed onto Wednesday’s injury sportsbook report.
Just how poor are points obtaining towards the woeful Panthers (1-8) in this lost year? It seems both a rookie sixth-round determine or maybe a journeyman who was a full-time dad this time quite last 7 days will begin at quarterback Sunday in opposition towards the Baltimore Ravens with Jimmy Clausen recovering from a concussion. Of system, the rookie Clausen was starting since Matt Moore (shoulder) was dropped for the year extremely last week.
Tony Pike or Brian St. Pierre won’t get to hand the ball off to DeAngelo Williams to ease the load. Carolina’s leading managing back once more was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday having a mid-foot sprain.
No. two jogging back Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and third-stringer Tyrell Sutton (ankle) didn’t follow on Wed, either. The quarterbacks may very nicely be devoid of two using the five projected starters about the offensive line going into the time of year. Left guard Travelle Wharton missed observe Wed with turf toe and appropriate tackle Jeff Otah (knee) is dropped to the time of year. Commencing center linebacker Jon Beason (knee) missed apply on Wednesday. So did No. three receiver Brandon LaFell (concussion)!!!
It’s not going to be Williams. Soon after dashing for two,632 yards via the past two seasons, Williams’ miserable 12 months ended with 361 yards and a single landing soon just after Fox mentioned he was however two or a handful of weeks absent from returning.
That was to promote guard C.J. Davis towards the 53-man roster from the practice squad for the reason that Carolina acquired only six nutritious offensive linemen. If Wharton can’t go, Mackenzy Bernadeau would likely start in his location. Bernadeau was benched from his correct guard location earlier this year or so.
Williams, who wasn’t from the locker space when reporters had been permitted in Wed, could have played his ultimate game for Carolina. His contract expires in the end from the period.
Stewart received tiny to say about his status as he recovers from a concussion that kept him out of Sunday’s 31-16 loss to Tampa Bay. He’s even so to pass the necessary cognitive tests, but mentioned he ran some Wednesday.
Goodson, who obtained Carolina’s initial 100-yard rushing recreation final Sunday, would most likely commence once more towards the Ravens (6-3). Plus the Panthers might effectively be looking for to run a good cope with so considerably uncertainty at quarterback.
Pike and St. Pierre explained they split the reps in Wednesday’s observe and Fox would only say that it was probably a single of them would get started. Clausen hasn’t been cleared correct immediately after sustaining a concussion late in Sunday’s recreation. Pike continues to become getting out ways to be a drop-back passer right following playing inside a quite unfold offense at Cincinnati.
He appeared in a single sport this season and went 6-of-12 passing for 47 yards in opposition to New Orleans.
St. Pierre has thrown five passes in 8 decades inside the NFL with Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Arizona. He wasn’t even inside a training camp this 12 months and has invested the majority of his time lately taking care of his 18-month-old son, Luke, inside the Boston spot.
The 30-year-old St. Pierre was signed for the follow squad on Friday and promoted towards the active roster Tuesday. He is used 12- to 14-hour days in the stadium the earlier a handful of times wanting to study the offense. And now he could perhaps start in opposition to Ray Lewis also as the Ravens. The Panthers happen to be carrying out that all period.