Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore suffered a deep leg bruise in the team's final exhibition game in Pittsburgh. However, in Wednesday’s practice, the injury jumped from a deeply bruised leg to a fracture in his left fibula. The setback will keep Moore out 4-6 weeks, however his return could be facilitated by the fact that the fibula doesn't support a lot of weight.
Moore will not be placed on the IR, and his status is week-to-week. He is currently wearing a walking cast. As a result of the injury, the Panthers signed waived quarterback Brett Basanez to the practice squad. Basanez was released by the team in the final roster cut last Saturday.
All of a sudden newly-acquired backup QB Josh McCown's health and potential ability to step in and lead the team becomes even more important. Fortunately, health is not an issue with him. The question is whether he can take things up a notch and show more than his career suggests he can do.
McCown has never started more than 13 games—or played in more than 14—in any given season in his career. One can't help but think that he has never really caught on anywhere because of a lack of talent. However, Delhomme’s health is even more of a concern than McCown’s—if Delhomme goes down, it will be 2007 all over again because McCown has had very little starting experience since 2004.
In addition, McCown has no chemistry whatsoever with his new receivers yet. That will lead to incompletions and interceptions due to mistimed passes—more or less a deja vu last year’s quarterbacking disaster when David Carr couldn’t do anything right. Fortunately for Panthers fans, Delhomme appears to be in his best health in years.
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