With Jimmy Clausen possibly out, will Tony Pike start for the Panthers at quarterback against Ravens?

By Dan Parzych

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion during Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his status for next weekend is uncertain, according to a report from CBSSports.com. The report indicates Clausen’s injury came on the final offensive play of the game when he was stuffed on a fourth and goal from the one-yard line.

If Clausen is unable to go, the Panthers may be forced to go with another rookie as their starting quarterback—former Cincinnati Bearcat Tony Pike. He was selected by Carolina in the sixth round of this year’s draft after throwing for 2,520 yards and 29 touchdowns in his final career at UC.

Panthers head coach John Fox said he would not more about Clausen’s status later in the week. He also indicated he plans on sending a tape of Aqib Talib’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Clausen—which resulted in the concussion—to the league office to be reviewed for a possible fine.

On top of their disappointing 1-8 record, Carolina has been dealing with their fair-share of injuries this season. Matt Moore was recently placed on IR with a shoulder injury and the Panthers were forced to go with fourth-string running back Mike Goodson this past weekend against the Buccaneers. And of course, Clausen’s latest concussion may just add to the list of frustrating injuries for Carolina.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for RantSports.com/NFL,  where he writes and edits NFL content for RantSports.com.

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