CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -For the past several weeks, Carolina Panthers coach John Fox has been careful not to name a front-runner at quarterback between Vinny Testaverde and David Carr.
On Wednesday, Fox made it clear: He's going with the 44-year-old.
``Right now, if everybody is healthy, Vinny will be the starter,'' Fox said.
The move comes after the Panthers gave Carr a two-year, $6 million deal in the offseason to back up Jake Delhomme. But since Delhomme was lost to a season-ending right elbow injury in Week 3, Carr has been ineffective.
He's had a back injury and two concussions, but when Carr has played he's struggled to find receivers and has appeared skittish in the pocket.
Testaverde, signed in Week 6 after Carr was first injured, has started the past two games. But Carr is now healthy, and Fox is sticking with Testaverde.
``We make decisions based on who gives us the best chance,'' Fox said. ``It's not always money. It's not always what round (he's drafted). We make those decisions not based on any polls from the outside. It's just based on who we think gives us the best chance. Right now we think that's Vinny.''
Testaverde will likely get his top target back for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Receiver Steve Smith returned to practice Wednesday after missing last weekend's loss to Green Bay with a left shin injury.
``I think he was close last week,'' Fox said. ``Thankfully we've got him back this week.''
Cornerback Chris Gamble missed the workout after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a broken thumb. He could still play against the Saints with a cast on his hand.
Running back DeShaun Foster (toe) and defensive tackle Damione Lewis (shoulder) did not practice.
The Panthers also re-signed defensive end Otis Grigsby to the practice squad.

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Giants vs. Redskins Total Pick Will the over cash for bettors when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants on Thursday night when the NFC East rivals clash at 8:30 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Cowboys Total Pick Will the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys combine for enough points to push the score over the betting total when the two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. ET on...
Week 12 NFL Survivor Pool Picks 11/21/17
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Thumbnail Week 12 NFL Survivor Pool Picks Need help making your selection of your NFL survivor pool? As we do every Tuesday, here are three options for Week 12 to help push you deeper into your NFL survivor...
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Lions Total Pick Can the Detroit Lions find a way to move the ball on the impressive Minnesota Vikings defense when the two meet up on Thanksgiving Day at...
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Seahawks Prediction Are the Seattle Seahawks a safe bet to cover the point spread as a home favorite tonight when they host the Atlanta Falcons? Kick-off for Monday night is set for 8:30 p.m....

NFL Team Pages