CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The speed of the NFL and its complex defenses were too much for Jimmy Clausen in his first stint as Carolina's starting quarterback. But, ready or not, Matt Moore's season-ending shoulder injury will give the rookie from Notre Dame another shot.
Coach John Fox told Clausen after practice Wednesday that he will start ahead of fellow rookie Tony Pike vs. Tampa Bay.
Clausen will try to reverse numbers that include one touchdown pass, four interceptions, two lost fumbles and a 48.0 passer rating.
The gimpy Panthers will likely start kick returner Mike Goodson at running back because DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton are out with injuries.
The Bucs beat Carolina 20-7 in Week 2.
"We prepare really for their philosophy and how they're going to play the game," Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. "Their philosophy, we know, is going to be the running game (and) play off play-action."
Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.