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Panthers QB eyes return vs. Bucs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just three days after getting knocked out of Carolina's season opening loss with a concussion, Panthers quarterback Matt Moore practiced and expressed confidence he will play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

If Moore passes additional cognitive tests and is cleared by doctors later this week, coach John Fox will give Moore a chance to atone for a poor season debut and delay rookie Jimmy Clausen's first NFL start.

"I felt good (Wednesday)," said Moore, who was listed as limited after the workout. "We'll wait and see what the doctors say or whatever, but I felt really good."

It was a big improvement from Sunday, when Moore acknowledged it took a second jarring hit to realize he had suffered a concussion on the previous drive when his head banged against the turf. Moore, who threw three end zone interceptions and lost a fumble, was helped off after Osi Umenyiora sacked him in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 31-18 win.

Just being allowed on the field proved Moore showed progress. Under the NFL's stricter rules regarding concussions, he had to pass a series of tests before he could practice.

Broncos: Running back Laurence Maroney passed his physical 24 hours after his trade from the Patriots.

Browns: Quarterback Jake Delhomme wore a protective boot on his injured right ankle and did not practice. His status for the homer opener against Kansas City will depend on how quickly he recovers.

Chargers: The Chargers expect Sunday's home opener against the Jaguars to be blacked out on local TV, ending a streak of 48 straight sellouts, including the playoffs. The last Chargers home game blacked out was against the Saints, Nov. 7, 2004. Roughly 8,000 general admission tickets must be sold by this afternoon.

Colts: Safety Bob Sanders had surgery to repair a torn biceps muscle in his right arm, possibly ending his season. Team officials have not yet announced how much time he could miss.

Cowboys: Right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier returned to practice for the first time since injuring knees during training camp. Barring setbacks, they'll be in the lineup vs. the Bears. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware missed practice because of a head injury, but is expected to play.

Eagles: Coach Andy Reid says quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley did not pass the next phase of their concussion testing and did not practice. Reid wouldn't rule either out against the Lions, though it is unlikely they could play based on league protocol concerning head injuries.

Giants: Tight end Kevin Boss will not play vs. the Colts because of a concussion.

Jets: Cornerback Darrelle Revis and the Patriots' Randy Moss aren't done talking as their matchup nears. Revis previously referred to Moss as "slouch." Moss playfully fired back: "We're coming to the Meadowlands on Sunday, man, so you got 60 minutes of this 'slouch.' " Revis seemed amused: "He probably said it with a laugh, but it's been in his mind for the whole offseason and he's been working hard for this day to come." … Nose tackle Kris Jenkins (ACL tear in left knee) was put on injured reserve and is out for the season.

Lions: Quarterback Shaun Hill will start vs. the Eagles as Matthew Stafford recovers from a shoulder injury after a sack. Stafford's father, John Stafford, said his son will visit surgeon James Andrews this week.

Redskins: Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (ankle) was limited in practice.

Vikings: Cornerbacks Chris Cook (meniscus tear in knee) and Cedric Griffin (ACL tear in knee) returned to practice on a limited basis but their status for this week is unclear. Receiver Percy Harvin was limited (hip).

Conduct reminder: The NFL sent a memo reminding teams of its equal access and conduct policy toward the media after a TV reporter's comments that the Jets made her uncomfortable in their locker room last weekend. "Women are a common part of the sports media," the memo said, and included the policy. "… Please remember that women reporters are professionals and should be treated as such." Reporters returned to the Jets' locker room Wednesday for the first time since last weekend, and several players loudly "shushed" one another until told to stop by team public relations employees.

CBS' Sharpe on hiatus: Analyst Shannon Sharpe is voluntarily taking himself off the air after an Atlanta-area woman obtained a temporary restraining order against him. The woman alleges Sharpe forced her to have sex and says he has threatened her life.

Panthers QB eyes return vs. Bucs 09/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:11am]
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