After taking care the past few weeks to not name a front-runner for his team's starting quarterback job, Carolina coach John Fox has awarded the job to Vinny Testarverde for the rest of the season. That's if the
44-year-old signal caller stays healthy.
David Carr signed a two-year, 6 million-dollar deal with the Panthers in the offseason to back up Jake Delhomme. But he's been ineffective since Delhomme was lost to a season-ending right elbow injury in Week 3 of the season. Carr's had a back injury and two concussions, and when he's played he's struggled to find receivers and has appeared skittish in the pocket.
Testaverde was signed in Week 6 after Carr was first injured and has started the past two games. Now, even though Carr is healthy, Fox is sticking with Testaverde, who will likely get his top target back for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Receiver Steve Smith returned to practice today after missing last weekend's loss to Green Bay with a left shin injury.