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testaverde listed as questionable; starter vs. falcons uncertain

by len pasquarelli

espn.com

although coach john fox downplayed the seriousness of the situation, carolina quarterback vinny testaverde missed practice on friday when his sore achilles flared up again, leaving uncertain the identity of the panthers' starter for their game against the atlanta falcons on sunday afternoon.

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2007 season stats att comp yds td int rat

53 32 275 1 1 73.5

testaverde, 43, had practiced on wednesday and thursday, experienced only minor discomfort and appeared ready to make his third start of the season. the 21-year veteran has been battling achilles tendinitis for the past two weeks.

if testaverde is unable to play against the falcons, rookie matt moore, who wasn't even with the panthers in training camp, would likely make his first regular-season start. moore would be carolina's fourth different starting quarterback this season.

in his two starts, testaverde has completed 32-of-53 passes for 288 yards, with a touchdown pass and an interception. the panthers were 1-1 in those two games. the panthers will have a better determination on saturday of testaverde's status but might not make a decision on who will start until sunday morning.

carolina officially listed testaverde as "questionable" on its friday injury report.

"i wouldn't say it's a setback," fox said after practice. "it's a little sore and we elected to rest him."

an undrafted college free agent, moore, 23, was claimed on waivers in early september from the dallas cowboys. the former oregon state standout has appeared briefly in three games and has completed 3-of-7 passes for 79 yards, with one interception.

jake delhomme, who opened the season as the starter, is out for the season after undergoing tommy john surgery to repair ligament damage to his throwing (right) elbow. his primary backup, david carr, started three games, including last week's loss at tennessee.

but carr suffered a concussion in that game, and while he has urged fox to allow him to return to practice this week, the panthers are taking a cautionary approach, and he has already been ruled out for the game against the falcons.

if moore started and testaverde could not serve as the backup, the panthers might be forced to elevate former ucla quarterback drew olson from the practice squad. olson was signed this week and has worked only a few days in the carolina offense.

len pasquarelli is a senior nfl writer for espn.com.

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testaverde listed as questionable; starter vs. falcons uncertain

by len pasquarelli

espn.com

although coach john fox downplayed the seriousness of the situation, carolina quarterback vinny testaverde missed practice on friday when his sore achilles flared up again, leaving uncertain the identity of the panthers' starter for their game against the atlanta falcons on sunday afternoon.

vinny testaverde

quarterback

carolina panthers

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2007 season stats att comp yds td int rat

53 32 275 1 1 73.5

testaverde, 43, had practiced on wednesday and thursday, experienced only minor discomfort and appeared ready to make his third start of the season. the 21-year veteran has been battling achilles tendinitis for the past two weeks.

if testaverde is unable to play against the falcons, rookie matt moore, who wasn't even with the panthers in training camp, would likely make his first regular-season start. moore would be carolina's fourth different starting quarterback this season.

in his two starts, testaverde has completed 32-of-53 passes for 288 yards, with a touchdown pass and an interception. the panthers were 1-1 in those two games. the panthers will have a better determination on saturday of testaverde's status but might not make a decision on who will start until sunday morning.

carolina officially listed testaverde as "questionable" on its friday injury report.

"i wouldn't say it's a setback," fox said after practice. "it's a little sore and we elected to rest him."

an undrafted college free agent, moore, 23, was claimed on waivers in early september from the dallas cowboys. the former oregon state standout has appeared briefly in three games and has completed 3-of-7 passes for 79 yards, with one interception.

jake delhomme, who opened the season as the starter, is out for the season after undergoing tommy john surgery to repair ligament damage to his throwing (right) elbow. his primary backup, david carr, started three games, including last week's loss at tennessee.

but carr suffered a concussion in that game, and while he has urged fox to allow him to return to practice this week, the panthers are taking a cautionary approach, and he has already been ruled out for the game against the falcons.

if moore started and testaverde could not serve as the backup, the panthers might be forced to elevate former ucla quarterback drew olson from the practice squad. olson was signed this week and has worked only a few days in the carolina offense.

len pasquarelli is a senior nfl writer for espn.com.

don't get to confident. last year they had chris weinke play in the last game, and they ran all over us.

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man, can you guys just for a minute stop reminding me about "that" panthers game? it is my worst memory as a falcons fan, but it is in the past, i hope. unsure.gif

check my sig - "write failures in dust, accomplishments in stone!" we just about won the last game w/the panthers, and hopefully this time we'll come out strong again, get some pressure on their qb, stop that freakin' run and come out w/a win!! go falcons!!

(oh yeah, and we have zimmer as our d coach instead of donatell this time. that's got to be a plus!)

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"i'll take beatdowns for 300... alex"

alex: the answer is... they take apart a srtruggling, yet overratted charlotte team on sunday and beat them like red headed step children.

question: what are the atlanta falcons?

alex: be more specific, please.

what are the atlanta falcons and their large monster mascot?

alex: lets check with the judges....

alex: we were looking for the "atlanta falcons and the mesage board mascot; godzilla, but the judges will allow it!!

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forget last year and forget last time we played the panties.

here's my hope for sunday:

testicle-verde gets sacked/sandwiched by anderson and abraham in the first quarter and folds like a cheap umbrella.

moore replaces vinnie, and then wets himself while running for his life. moore fumbles... twice. we recover both fumbles.

he also throws two int's, one of them a pick-6 by boley.

our d stuffs the run (no soup for you foster...) and d hall keeps quiet while shutting down smith.

norwood gets 20 carries and runs for 120, including 2 td's.

joey actually completes 4 passes over 20 yards (each) ...and he throws them all to our players. jenkins doesn't drop a pass all day.

roddy catchs a td pass while algie and joe horn keep 4 drives alive with clutch 3rd down catches across the middle. falcons 31 panties 17

a guy can dream, can't he???

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