The news just keeps getting worse for the Carolina Panthers, and this time it comes with a bit of controversy.
Coach John Fox said Monday that rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion and said it was possible the injury came as Clausen was stopped near the goal line near the end of the game. Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib jumped on the pile, prompting Carolina receiver Steve Smith to go after him and get called for a penalty.
Smith and several other Carolina players said Sunday that they thought Talib was late in jumping on the pile. Fox seemed to back that up Monday by saying the Panthers will ask the league office to review the play.
The concussion means that Carolina might have to play Sunday against Baltimore without Clausen. Matt Moore, who opened the season as the starter is on injured reserve. If Clausen can’t go, the Panthers likely would turn to fellow rookie Tony Pike.
Rookie Armanti Edwards was listed as the third quarterback against Tampa Bay. But Edwards, who was a college quarterback, has been working on the move to wide receiver since the Panthers drafted him. Carolina also has Brian St. Pierre on the practice squad.