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Season over for Panthers QB Moore, LB Connor

The Carolina Panthers' quarterback carousel appears to have stopped spinning, but for all the wrong reasons.

Coach John Fox said Monday that starting quarterback Matt Moore was placed on the injured reserve list with a torn labrum in his right throwing shoulder.

Moore suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Panthers' 34-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday when he was driven to the turf on a sack by defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

Fox also said linebacker Dan Connor was placed on injured reserve with a broken hip bone that will require surgery.

The 26-year-old Moore had started five of the Panthers' eight games this season, including the last three. He began the season as the starter, but was replaced by rookie Jimmy Clausen in Week 3 due to ineffectiveness. The experiment lasted three games, until Moore was inserted back into the lineup in Week 7 against the 49ers.

Moore completed 55.2 of his passes for 857 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Fox wouldn't say if Clausen or fellow rookie Tony Pike would start Sunday at Tampa Bay. He also indicated rookie Armanti Edwards -- a college quarterback who was converted to receiver -- will also get some snaps at QB in practice. Fox indicated the team is not interested in looking outside the organization for a quarterback.

"I don't think if you brought in a guy from the outside at this point in time, I'm not sure that's a great option," Fox said. "But we'll just have to see what the availability is and who's out there. But right now, I'd say it's one of the two guys on our roster against Tampa Bay."

Connor started every game for the Panthers this season, recording 47 tackles and one sack. Fox also announced linebacker Thomas Davis, who suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the offseason for the second time in a seven-month span, won't return this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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