Panthers' Carr confident he'll be healthy enough - and the choice - to play against Colts Print
Written by Admin   
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 10:31
NFL Headline News

 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -David Carr thinks he'll be healthy enough to play for the Carolina Panthers when they return from their bye week. He also thinks he should be the starter ahead of Vinny Testaverde.
``If I feel good, hopefully I'll be able to go out there and give our team a chance to win,'' Carr said Wednesday.
Carr shrugged off questions of a quarterback controversy with the 43-year-old Testaverde, who replaced an injured Carr on Sunday against Arizona and led the Panthers to a 25-10 win four days after he was signed.
Coach John Fox helped fuel the Testaverde talk this week when he refused to name Carr the starter if his sore back is recovered in time for the Oct. 28 game against Indianapolis.
Carr insisted that didn't bother him.
``Not at all. Now the Colts don't know. Let's play the game within the game, you know?'' Carr said. ``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. We'll see what happens.''
Carr appeared confident he'll be the guy. He said there's a ``100 percent chance'' he'll be healthy by the Indianapolis game, a team Carr faced twice every season when he was a starter in Houston.
Carr said having a bye week before facing the Super Bowl champions was part of his decision to sit out the Arizona game.
``That's why I didn't go, to have this week to recover and rest so I can get a full week of practice going into Indy,'' Carr said. ``I played Indy a couple of times, I know what it takes. You've got to be sharp.''
But is Carr the best option for the Panthers after Testaverde's effort? Fox remained mum on the subject Wednesday, while a few lockers down from Carr, Testaverde insisted he'd be fine in either role.
``If called upon to start the game, I'll do my best,'' Testaverde said. ``And if called upon to come in off the bench, I'll also try and do my best.''
Testaverde has been bombarded with interview requests since he became the oldest starting quarterback in NFL history to win a game. It set off an unlikely quarterback quandary for the Panthers, who lost starter Jake Delhomme to a season-ending elbow injury last week.
``Very surprised, but you never know,'' Testaverde said of the past week of his life. ``You try to come in and do what you can. Right now for this team, and me, good things are happening.''
Testaverde was forced into duty because of Carr's back injury that he got in the win in New Orleans on Oct. 7. Carr said he's still suffering back spasms, and the four-hour flights to and from Phoenix caused him trouble.
``I probably could have gone out there and tried to play, but I'd have just hurt the team,'' Carr said. ``I didn't come here to lose games. I came here to win and be a part of something special. I've got a feeling we can do something like that around here, so I don't want to hurt our chances.''
Testaverde, who threw for 206 yards, including the go-ahead 65-yard touchdown pass to Smith in the fourth quarter, helped the Panthers improve to 4-2. Carr, who like Testaverde was the No. 1 pick in the draft - 15 years later - joined the chorus of people impressed with what Testaverde accomplished.
``It was awesome. He stepped in and did exactly what they asked him to do and got us a W,'' Carr said. ``Honestly, with the way I felt, it would have been suspect if we would have gotten that W.''
Now the question for Fox is, will Testaverde or Carr give them the best chance to be competitive when they'll be big underdogs in two weeks against the Colts?
Carr wouldn't be drawn into the controversy Wednesday.
``That's what this is all for, the circus. That's you guys,'' Carr said, referring to reporters circled around him. ``If you guys make that decision, you let me know. I'll be on the edge of my seat I'm sure.''
 

NFL Team Pages

Top NFL Public Bets

#1 257 Green Bay Packers 79%
#2 272 Denver Broncos 75%
#3 260 Indianapolis Colts 73%
#4 275 Dallas Cowboys 71%
#5 256 New England Patriots 70%
#6 274 San Francisco 49ers 70%
#7 266 Chicago Bears 65%
#8 278 New Orleans Saints 60%
#9 282 Buffalo Bills 60%
#10 252 Atlanta Falcons 56%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NFL Futures

NFL TEAM CONFERENCE ODDS CURRENT
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 9/5
GREEN BAY PACKERS 2/1
DENVER BRONCOS 11/5
ARIZONA CARDINALS 9/2
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 11/2
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 6/1
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 8/1
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 8/1
DALLAS COWBOYS 9/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 10/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com