After John Fox's news conference Monday afternoon, the Panthers quarterback situation remains muddled although Matt Moore's head sounds like it is clearer.
Fox said repeatedly Moore would be "day-to-day" for Sunday's home game against Tampa Bay. He also said Moore may have sustained his concussion on the series before the one where he came out of the game, although Fox wasn't sure. The coach also said Moore "way better" today than he did Sunday.
With 3:50 to go, Moore was plastered on a sack up the middle and banged his head backwards on the turf. He fumbled and New York recovered.
The Giants gave the ball back four plays later, however, when Greg Hardy caused a fumble.
Moore came back into the game, got sacked again immediately by Usi Umenyiora and fumbled again. This time he came out. He went to the hospital, was evaluated and flew home on the team plane.
What does all this mean? Fox will likely stick with the "day-to-day" designation all week -- he's not about to declare Moore out or in for this game until he has to. As you know, Fox is like that.
Meanwhile, the Panthers will get rookie QB Jimmy Clausen ready in case Moore can't go. Fox said he thought Clausen knew the plays well enough that the playbook wouldn't need to be simplified for him.
The real indication on who will start will come in Wednesday and Thursday's practices when we see who is getting all the time with the first team.
My guess? Fox and the Panthers medical staff will do everything they can to avoid starting Clausen in Week 2 -- they think it's too early. But Moore will have to pass some doctors' tests to get back on the field, so it's probably one the Panthers will either announce Friday afternoon (once all the game-planning in Tampa Bay has been done) or not until Sunday just before kickoff.
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