Panthers coach John Fox said rookie QB Jimmy Clausen would "more than likely" start this week against New Orleans.
As a nine-year veteran of translating Fox, that means yes, in fact, he will.
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He didn't offer much in the way of specifics, but seemed generally encouraged by Clausen's play -- other than the fumbles.
He was in one of the moods he gets in from time to time, blowing off any suggestions of specific areas of weaknesses.
Asked about the offensive line problems, Fox said that "unlike the media," he wasn't getting into specific areas of concern.
-- No real update on LB Jamar Williams (neck), but had an interesting exchange when asked whether any of the existing reserves could play in the middle.
"We have an alternate plan," he said, without delving into the alternate.
If nothing else, that points to the fact that they're at least a bit uncertain about the prospects of playing LBs Nic Harris, Jordan Senn or Eric Norwood as defensive regulars.
-- Darin Gantt