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Sunday, November 7, 2010
Matt Moore, Jonathan Stewart hurt

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore was replaced by rookie Jimmy Clausen in Sunday's game against New Orleans after hurting his right shoulder on a sack.

Moore was brought down by Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis on third down early in the second quarter. Moore was favoring his right shoulder as he jogged off the field. He tried to throw on the sideline, but was wincing and then walked inside to get treatment.

Moore did not return and Clausen was eventually replaced later in the game by undrafted free agent Tony Pike.

"There probably wasn't much fear of a comeback at that point in the game," Fox said of benching Clausen. "It gave [Pike] valuable time."

The Saints won 34-3.

Fox said Moore would start next week at Tampa Bay if he's healthy.

"I think he can operate our offense the best of the quarterbacks," Fox said, "unless we decide to go to the wishbone."

Carolina also lost running back Jonathan Stewart to a head injury in the first quarter. Starting middle linebacker Dan Connor was sidelined after aggravating a hip injury.

Sharper drilled Stewart in the head with his shoulder at the end of a 5-yard gain in the first quarter, causing Stewart to fumble. Stewart was on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field with the assistance of two members of Carolina's medical staff.

The Saints then won a replay challenge, giving them the ball on the fumble.

Stewart had rushed for 30 yards on five carries, matching his total from last week.

Stewart started for DeAngelo Williams, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left foot. That left Mike Goodson and Tyrell Sutton at running back.

Moore was knocked out of Carolina's season-opening game against the New York Giants with a concussion.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.