Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore was taken to a local New Jersey hospital following a late game concussion suffered after a hit by Osi Umenyiora. Moore was helped to the bench following the blow to the head and complained of post concussion symptoms.
The hit occurred after left tackle Jordan Gross allowed Umenyiora to get around him and make a direct path to an unprotected Moore. Gross was noticeably upset after the play and spoke out following the game, taking full responsibility for the hit.
Gross had the following comment for the Gaston Gazette's Steve Reed. “It’s tough,” Gross said. “When you’re the left tackle and you get beat bad things happen. When you throw the ball a lot and feel like you’ve got a pretty good game going and then all it takes is one play and something bad can happen. That was my guy. I have to do better. That’s the worst situation. You can live with a sack every now and again, but Matt got banged up. We’ll see what’s going on with him. But we have another game next week and it’s not getting any easier.”
If the injury is in fact a more severe concussion, Moore could be looking at multiple weeks of sideline duty. The amount of time that a player must sit out is determined by the "grade" or severity of the concussion.
Given the fact that Moore was taken to hospital seems to indicate the severity of the symptoms caused by the concussion may mean the concussion itself was more of a serious variety. However the league and the Panthers will confirm the length of time Moore will be required to miss in order to recover from the injury. Moore will be tested progressively over the coming days and weeks to see how his recovery is progressing. Following a clean bill of health Moore would likely be allowed to return to the lineup.
Over the coming weeks, look for rookie Jimmy Clausen to be lined up under center for the Panthers. The Panthers will likely make a roster move to secure a third string quarterback but there is always the option to activate and use Armanti Edwards as an emergency, third string option.