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Testaverde back at practice, Carr out for Panthers

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) David Carr sat out practice with a concussion, but Vinny Testaverde was back on the field Wednesday, leaving the soon-to-be 44-year-old quarterback the latest front-runner to start for the Carolina Panthers.

Testaverde, who has not played since injuring his right Achilles' tendon in the loss to Indianapolis on Oct. 28, practiced without limitations, splitting time with undrafted rookie Matt Moore.

"I thought both he and Matt Moore looked good," coach John Fox said. "It was a good practice. It was well executed."

Carr watched practice from the sideline, yet to be cleared from his concussion sustained late in Sunday's loss at Tennessee after a hit from defensive tackle Tony Brown. Carr was also sidelined last month with a back injury that forced the team to sign Testaverde, who turns 44 next week.

Fox gave no update on Carr's condition and refused to select a starter for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Carr was one of several regulars to sit out practice. Receiver Steve Smith was given the day off, but was not injured, Fox said. Receiver Keary Colbert (foot), tackle Jordan Gross (ankle) and center Justin Hartwig (broken right thumb) did not practice.

But the biggest concern has been at quarterback, where four quarterbacks have suffered five different injuries.

The Panthers lost original starter Jake Delhomme to a season-ending right elbow injury in Week 3. Projected third-string QB Brett Basanez was lost to a season-ending wrist injury late in the preseason.

After Basanez was placed on injured reserve, the Panthers signed Moore, who played at Oregon State and was one of Dallas' final cuts of the preseason. Moore, who has appeared briefly in three games because of injuries, is 3-of-7 for 79 yards and one interception.

But with Moore's inexperience, it appears Testaverde would start Sunday against Atlanta if he's healthy and Carr can't go.

"He hasn't been here that long," Fox said of Moore. "He's definitely made progress. A lot of this game is mental, and it's just a matter of him getting acclimated to the offense."

Testaverde might start ahead of Carr even if he's healthy. Carr, signed as a free agent in the offseason after being a five-year starter in Houston, has struggled. His average of 4.74 yards per attempt is the lowest in the NFL and he's appeared indecisive at times. Carr was sacked seven times in the loss to the Titans, and Fox acknowledged he often held the ball too long.

Carr, who has three touchdowns and three interceptions, has also had trouble getting Smith the ball. Smith has been held to three catches for 15 yards in the past six quarters Carr played. Smith had two 100-yard receiving games with Delhomme and one when Testaverde started in the win at Arizona.

Former UCLA quarterback Drew Olson, signed to the practice squad Tuesday, worked with the scout team Wednesday. Olson, who was cut by Baltimore in August, was brought in to allow the Panthers to have enough QBs to practice.

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It's funny. When Carr signed alot of fans down here thought he could challenge Jake for the job. Now that they have a chance to see what he is about everyone and I mean everyone down here want to see Vinny start the rest of the way.

Thing is they have a kid on the bench Matt Moore who was cut by the Cowboys at the end of training camp just sitting there. Reports are that Moore had a real good camp with Cowboys and they really wanted to keep him for their practice squad but the Panthers ended up picking him.

The only reason Moore is starting right now is that the NFC South is so bad that the Panthers are still in the race.

The last time the Panthers won at home was nearly a full calender year ago.

They better win this week or the proverbial Sh!t is going to hit the fan.

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