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Bet on the NFL  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen was back at practice Wednesday for the Carolina Panthers, but coach John Fox was not ready to name him the starter in Sunday's game with the Cleveland Browns. Clausen suffered a concussion against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 14 and did not play in last week's disastrous 37-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. As far as his current condition, coach Fox says that they are evaluating it every day, and it’s not a matter of ability but of injury.

Fox said if Clausen progresses in practice the next several days he would be the starter for Carolina, which is 1-9 because of a poor offense this season.

Clausen replaced Matt Moore, who was lost as the starter with a should injury. Fox was impressed with his performance in practice on Wednesday. When betting on the NFL note that Clausen is 67 for 138 passing this season with one touchdown and four interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 53.8.

The Panthers started journeyman Brian St. Pierre last Sunday and got one play out of their passing game -- an 88-yard touchdown to David Gettis -- but that was it. St. Pierre said this week he is very sore from playing in his first game this season, which happened to be against one of the NFL's most relentless teams, the Ravens.

Football betting fans know that the Panthers added quarterback Keith Null to the practice squad this week. Null was a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2009 and started six games for St. Louis last year. He played at West Texas A&M.

Clausen wasn't the only good news for the Carolina offense. The Panthers had two other concussion victims back at workouts: running back Jonathan Stewart and wide receiver Brandon LaFell. The bad news was guard Travelle Wharton (toe) did not practice. Wharton did not play last week against the Ravens.

 

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