Matt Moore to start if he’s healthy following concussion

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Moore  of the Carolina Panthers scrambles against the New York Giants on September 12, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Matt Moore and Kevin Kolb have more in common today than they did at the start of the day yesterday.

That’s because they both played poorly on Sunday and each suffered concussions that now leave them uncertain for Week 2. Kolb was replaced by a very effective Michael Vick in a loss to Green Bay, while Moore is currently being backed up by a rookie that some are clamoring to see get some live game action (especially after Moore looked so bad in a loss to the Giants yesterday).

Today, head coach John Fox told the media that if he’s healthy enough to play, Moore would start against the Buccaneers this Sunday. But at this point, nobody should assume anything. Moore was atrocious against the Giants, throwing three horrendous picks and taking four sacks. He completed just 14-of-33 passes for 182 yards and never got settled in the pocket. It’s important not to draw any concussions after one game, but so far it’s the only game.

Jimmy Clausen will likely receive snaps in the first team offense this week in practice and Moore will be evaluated over the next couple of days. The NFL now has a strict policy against players returning from concussions, so even if Fox wants Moore to play he may not be medically cleared to. Just like the Kolb situation in Philadelphia, this is will be an interesting story to keep an eye on throughout the week.

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