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Carr feels ready for Indianapolis match

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers quarterback David Carr said Wednesday he was certain he'd be ready to play the next game, the post-bye Oct. 28 date with Indianapolis.

Carr was held out last week at Arizona, opening the door for Vinny Testaverde, after his back tightened on the four-hour plane ride. But he said he's getting treatment, and that he was still very sore, but felt confident he'd be ready for the Colts.

"I'd say there is a 100 percent chance I'll be ready for Indy," Carr said. "I was able to move around today a lot better than Sunday. Just having a couple of days off, being able to loosen it up and not having to get on a plane was good."

There's a lingering question about what he'll do if he's well, since Testaverde's inspirational day led coach John Fox to not declare his starter yet so he could play the guessing game.

Carr said that didn't bother him.

"Now the Colts don't know," he said. "Let's play the game within the game, you know? Who knows who's going to play? I don't even know if Steve (Smith) is going to play in the Indy game. He told me today he didn't know if he really wanted to play."

Carr said he's still having spasms in his back, and the pain became worse after the flight. Since then, he's been undergoing hours of treatment each day and hopes sitting out the Cardinals game will give him sufficient time to heal and be ready for the rest of the year.

He also said Testaverde's performance was "awesome," and said after building a 22-53 record in five years in Houston, the notion that his own starting job might be in jeopardy was inconsequential.

"It's kind of hard to explain," Carr said. "But I've been through so much nonsense in six, 10 years of playing football, that stuff is so far behind me. I was happy for Vinny, truly happy for him. I enjoy playing, but there's nothing better seeing your teammates and your friends do well.

"He helped our team get a W, something I might have not been able to do with the way I felt on Sunday."

• NOT BITING EITHER: After becoming the oldest quarterback to ever win a start, Testaverde was likewise in a gracious mood. He shrugged when asked if he expected to start against the Colts.

"I would love to play, but that's not my call," he said. "I just feel fortunate that I was able to come in last week and help the team win. Whatever role they ask me to do, I'm willing to do it."

On the possibility of the controversy taking root, he replied, "Not at all. I just think (Fox) has options, more options this coming week than he had last week."

• FACE TIME: Smith was back after a quick trip to ESPN headquarters, where he appeared on "NFL Live" to talk about the Panthers' season.

But he was also there to film a commercial, one of the light-hearted promos that feature the network's personalities and athletes. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo's in the most recent one, with his glamour-boy image played up when anchor Scott Van Pelt isn't invited into his party.

• EXTRA POINTS: Special teams captain Nick Goings said he was "hopeful" he'd be able to play against Indianapolis, after sustaining his third concussion against Tampa Bay. He's missed the last two games. ... The Panthers aren't required to say anything about injuries this week, since there's no report in the bye week. Fox wouldn't say anything specific, but it wasn't a full practice field. Several guys with minor injuries or major wear on their tires were held out.

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