Panthers will turn back to Jimmy Clausen when he's healthy

The Carolina Panthers will turn back to rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen for this Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, if he is cleared to return from a concussion.

Clausen was forced to sit out Sunday’s 37-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The game was actually close in the fourth quarter with newcomer Brian St. Pierre filling in. In fact, the Panthers trailed only 20-13 before the Ravens got a score. Then, two St. Pierre interceptions were returned for touchdowns and the rout was on.

“Right now Jimmy, healthy, gives us the best opportunity,” Carolina coach John Fox said, according to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette. “If he’s not healthy, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

The Panthers were forced to scale back their playbook dramatically for St. Pierre, who has been in town just more than a week. The organization needs to get an evaluation of Clausen for the remainder of the season. Hopefully, he will be healed soon.

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