Fox doesn't see need to scale back playbook for Clausen

Conventional wisdom dictates that the Carolina Panthers might have to scale back their offensive game plan for Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if Matt Moore is sidelined with a concussion.

Because starting rookie Jimmy Clausen in Week 2 and expecting him to have a complete grasp on the playbook and the blocking schemes and everything else that goes into it could require a real leap of faith.

Apparently, John Fox is prepared to take that plunge, if needed.

The Panthers are saying that Moore is feeling much better since being briefly hospitalized on Sunday in New Jersey following the team’s 31-18 loss to the Giants. But good enough to play on Sunday? Everyone is watching how teams handle concussions these days and teams are attempting to err on the side of caution. At least that is what they’re saying is being done.

So, the Panthers will get a better idea of where Moore is as the week goes along. In the meantime, they’ll work to get Clausen up to speed as fast as they can.

“He's been with us, he understands what we're doing. I don't think we'd have to (scale back the playbook)," Fox said.

Saying that is one thing. If Clausen plays, the Panthers will have to cut back on much of what they’re doing.

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