Carolina QB Tony Pike sidelined

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A day after signing Derek Anderson, the Carolina Panthers are back down to three quarterbacks.

Second-year pro Tony Pike, who had not been throwing in the first few days of camp, had an MRI on his throwing shoulder (right) and inflammation was discovered, coach Ron Rivera said. Pike will rest in the short term and that might not bode well for his future with the Panthers.

A sixth-round draft pick a year ago, Pike is behind Jimmy Clausen and Cam Newton on the depth chart. The Panthers have much higher draft picks invested in those two. They also brought in Anderson so they would have some experience at the position.

Anderson previously played under offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland and that should be enough to secure a roster spot. Pike’s best shot at sticking with the Panthers might be on the practice squad.