Rookie signal caller Jimmy Clausen sustained a concussion during the Carolina Panthers’ 31-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. Head coach John Fox has opted to insert Brian St. Pierre into the starting lineup for Carolina’s Week 11 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens as opposed to throwing sixth-round pick Tony Pike to the wolves, the National Football Post
The 31-year-old quarterback, who has only attempted five passes in his eight-year professional career, was helping his wife raise their son as an unemployed signal caller in Boston just one week ago. Fox’s announcement was so surprising that Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald was forced to convince his Twitter followers
of the decision’s legitimacy by accompanying his tweet with the following words: “This is not a joke.”
St. Pierre was selected in the fifth-round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The journeyman has bounced around the league over the past several years before joining Carolina’s practice squad last Thursday.
Gantt, a beat writer for the Panthers, responded to Fox’s decision by tweeting, “This move is impossible to justify. Fox offered ‘it is what it is.” Seen a lot of crazy stuff here over the years. Nothing quite like this. This is truly one of the most bizarre decisions I’ve witnessed.”
The Panthers are currently last in the NFL in passing offense with an abysmal 156.8 yards per game.